Postgraduate Research Opportunity: Innovative Applications for Radiofrequency Heating

University of Leeds


Funding covers the cost of fees and provides a maintenance matching the Research Council UK rate (£14,553 for 2017/18). Funding duration is 3 years. UK applicants will be eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance. European Union applicants will be eligible for an award paying tuition fees only, except in exceptional circumstances, or where residency has been established for more than 3 years prior to the start of the course.

Project description

Recently radiofrequency heating has been successfully used in fine chemistry and pharmacy considering the main advantages of avoidance of hot spots, very high heat transfer rate from inside out and easy separation of magnetic catalysts by external magnet. The aim of this project is to widen the applications for radiofrequency heating in high profile research areas such as cancer treatment and biorefinery. Considering biorefinery, it could be used for biodiesel production with detailed control temperature in order to achieve high selectivity and conversion. Continuous flow operation with radiofrequency heating will enable the optimisation of the reaction conditions. As for cancer treatment, magnetic nanoparticles focalised on the heart of the tumour will be the unique resource for radiofrequency heating to gradually burn it. The synthesis, development and enhancement of these magnetic catalysts will be carried out and characterised. The focus will be on core-shell nanoparticles which will allow us to have a magnetic core with a catalytic shell for biorefinery or an aminoacid shell for cancer treatment. They will be tested with different radiofrequency heating set-ups.

How to apply

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website. Please state clearly in the research information section that the PhD you wish to be considered for is the ‘Innovative applications for radiofrequency heating’ as well as Dr Ali Hassanpour as your proposed supervisor. In the funding section, please state 'EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership' as your sponsor.

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office

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