PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: Next generation of composite molten salt-ceramic membranes for selective separation of NOx, SO2 and CO2

Newcastle University

Value of award

Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, a full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration of your PhD and an annual stipend £14,296 (2016/17). A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

Number of awards


Start date and duration

January 2017 for 3 years.

Application closing date

Prompt application is advised as this position is only available until a suitable candidate is found.


This PhD project is aimed at the development of novel technological solutions for the removal of the most common gaseous air pollutants, nitrogen oxides, sulphur oxides and carbon dioxide.

Nitrogen oxides (NO2, NO), sulfur dioxide (SO2) and carbon dioxide (CO2) are considered as common air pollutants and detrimental to human health. 

Although efficient treatment systems exist, there are still challenges that need to be addressed, i.e. issues on removal selectivity and cost. Ceramic membranes are a promising alternative for the selective removal of these pollutants from gas streams.

Previous studies have shown that dual-phase membranes, formed from porous ceramic substrates infiltrated by molten salts, have the ability to selectively transport these pollutants. In this project, we aim to understand the reaction mechanisms for the selective permeation of SO2, NO2 and CO2 using composite molten salt/ceramic membranes.


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council EPSRC (DTA)

Name of supervisor(s)

Professor I Metcalfe, School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials

Eligibility Criteria

You should have an upper-second-class Honours degree or higher or international equivalent, in Chemical Engineering, or a related subject.

The award is available to UK/EU applicants. In the case of outstanding international candidates it may be possible that the University will make an award to cover the difference in tuition fees. If English is not your first language, you should have IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

You must also have the potential for performing original research.

How to apply

If you are interested in the above project and meet the criteria you should email a CV, covering letter plus two references to Professor Metcalfe.

The successful applicant will then be asked to apply for University admission using the University’s online postgraduate application form.  Unsuccessful applications will not receive an acknowledgement.

  • Insert the program code 8030F in the program of study section
  • Select ‘PhD School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials - Chemical Engineering' as the programme of study
  • Insert the studentship code CE051 in the studentship/partnership reference
  • Attach a covering letter and C.V. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code CE051 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
  • Attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.


Professor I Metcalfe
School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials
Telephone +44 (0)191 208 5279

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