Industrially Funded PhD Research Studentship in Chemical Engineering (3 years): Sustainable polymer processing

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Engineering - Microwave Process Engineering Research Group

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in the growing area of sustainable scale up of polymer chemistry and processing within the Microwave Process Engineering (MPE) Research Group based in the Faculty of Engineering situated on the University Park campus.

Globally, companies manufacture over 30 million tons of polymers each year, yet virtually all industrial scale manufacture of polymer resins takes place in large reactors that suffer from numerous limitations that result in a reduced quality of the final material. We have identified that microwave energy can be used highly selectively to provide chemistry/ processing advantages in the synthesis of high performance materials of many forms, and have developed a robust understanding of the use of microwave energy in polymer processing.

The successful candidate will work closely between the university and global multinational sponsor on an exciting new project around the development and ultimately commercialisation of a new industrial process for sustainable polymer manufacturing. This project will produce industrially meaningful samples for industrial collaborators and enable the creation of an underpinning robust techno-economic model and subsequent supply chain engagement, accelerating the impact of this technology.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a group which is internationally renowned for research in Microwave Processing. The group currently has 6 academics and approximately 45 researchers, along with a research grant portfolio of over £15m. The work of the centre is underpinned by unique high power experimental facilities and metrology systems.

Due to funding restrictions the  PhD studentship will cover full university tuition fees for UK/EU nationals and an enhanced tax-free stipend for three years. The studentship is expected to start on October 1st 2016.

The student must have, or expect to obtain a first-class or 2:1 degree, or a distinction or high merit at MsC level (or international equivalent) in chemistry, chemical engineering, or a related discipline. An essential attribute is a strong drive to interact with industry and to work in an interdisciplinary field to deliver commercial solutions to industry. 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Chris Dodds, tel: 0115 951 4172 or email:  Please note that applications sent directly to this email addresses will not be accepted. Further information about our work is available at

For more details and/or to apply on-line please access: Online application can be submitted you shall select Engineering Faculty for the Question ‘What School/department do you intend to study?’  Please quote ref. ENG/1032.

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