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Engineering design and sustainable processing of novel porous materials on the roadmap for carbon neutrality

Brunel University London (BUL) is recruiting to EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) PhD studentships effective 1 October 2020. Applications are invited for the following specific project called “Engineering design and sustainable processing of novel porous materials on the roadmap for carbon neutrality”.  Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of £17,285 plus payment of their full-time home tuition fees for a period of 36 months (3 years). Applicants must be eligible for home tuition fees either through nationality, residency (living in the UK for at least three years and not wholly for educational purposes) or other connection to the UK. 

The successful applicants will join the internationally recognised researchers in the Department of Chemical Engineering.  This exciting research project is focused on the engineering design and sustainable processing of novel metal-organic framework (MOF) and related composite adsorbents that are capable of preferably absorbing CO2 over other gases (N2, H2O, CH4, H2, etc.) and simultaneously activate CO2 molecules to produce value-added chemicals using cheap feedstocks and high-yield aqueous processing technologies (e.g. low-temperature modulated hydrothermal method).

Applicants will be required to demonstrate their ability to good knowledge of transport phenomena and separation processes, comprehensive hand-on experience, critical and innovative thinking skills, teamwork and effective communication skills.

Please contact Dr Zhigang Hu at Zhigang.Hu@brunel.ac.uk or https://sites.google.com/view/hugroup/ for an informal discussion about the studentships.

This is a College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences: EPSRC Funded DTP PhD Studentship.


Applicants will have or be expected to receive a first or upper-second class honours degree in an Engineering, Computer Science, Design, Mathematics, Physics or a similar discipline. A Postgraduate Masters degree is not required but may be an advantage.   

Experience in metal-organic frameworks, BET surface area analysis, gas sorption isotherms, materials characterization techniques, numerical simulations and process modelling is an advantage.  In addition, applicants should be highly motivated, able to work in a team, collaborate with others and have good communication skills.

How to apply

Please submit your application documents (see list below) by Noon on Friday 26 June 2020 to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk. Interviews will take place in July 2020.

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your personal statement (300 to 500 words) summarising your background, skills and experience;
  • Your Undergraduate/Postgraduate Masters degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Evidence of your English language skills to IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent, 6.0 in all sections), if appropriate;
  • Contact details for TWO referees, one of which can be an academic member of staff in the College.

Remember to state the title of the project at the top of your personal statement.