Research Associate - Fixed Term Contract

University of Bath - Chemical Engineering

Research Associate in 1D and 2D hybrid membranes for liquid separations

This Research Associate position is provided by the University of Bath as part of a major project that links membrane researchers at Bath, Manchester, Newcastle, Imperial College, and Edinburgh Universities. The project, entitled “From Membrane Material Synthesis to Fabrication and Function” (SynFabFun), is funded through a prestigious 5-year Programme grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Membranes offer exciting opportunities for more efficient, lower energy, more sustainable industrial gas and liquid separations. However, high performance polymeric, inorganic and ceramic membranes all suffer from problems with decay of performance over time, through relaxation of the membrane material and/or the build-up of other material on the membrane.  The ambitious vision of the SynFabFun project is to create membranes which do not suffer significantly from ageing or fouling over the lifetime of an industrial plant: so called ‘immortal membranes’.

The Research Associate will be involved in the development of novel hybrid membranes, multi-phase materials, where a distinct phase promoting transport is embedded into a second phase providing structural support and integrity so as to create a continuous transport channel across the separating layer. This approach is distinct from that of mixed matrix membranes where a second phase is dispersed at relatively low concentration in the selective layer of a thin film composite membrane to provide, for example, some anti-fouling resistance or increases in permeation. In particular, we will explore the fabrication of 1D and 2D nanomaterial layered hybrid membranes for liquid separation, which preliminary studies have shown to have promising transport properties.

The post is full time (36.5 hours per week) and is being offered on a Fixed Term Contract basis with an anticipated duration of 2 years.

Interview date: 19 December 2016

For informal enquiries please contact Prof Davide Mattia, d.mattia@bath.ac.uk, +44(0)1225-383961, http://www.bath.ac.uk/chem-eng/people/mattia/index.html.

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