Postgraduate Research Opportunity: CO2 Capture with Radiofrequency Heating

University of Leeds

Value

Funding covers the cost of fees and provides a maintenance matching the Research Council UK rate (£14,553 for 2017/18). 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

Since all the UK’s industrial activities need to reduce carbon emissions 57% by 2030 on 1990 levels as part of the “fifth carbon budget”, decreasing the cost of carbon capture technologies is an important concern for all energy intensive sectors. Particularly power generation plants could divert the extra electricity during night-time for CO2 capture at high emitter industrial sites, assisted with radiofrequency heating using the lower nocturnal price rates. Radiofrequency heating is a greener and innovative technology which can contribute to the heating needed for the adsorption-desorption cycles of solid, low cost CO2 sorbents which require high temperatures of 600 and 800 oC respectively, considering a magnetic material as the heating source. This material could be the own reactor or the catalyst support in the energy intensive chemical industries (refineries, hydrogen and ammonia plants, steel and cement plants). Normally these plants will have emissions from coal, naphtha, or methane, so the CO2 concentration will be around 15-40 % in the feedstream, posing fuel specific challenges in the capture process. The development of magnetic catalyst will be studied for optimisation of the whole process, so the heating released will be a great advantage for the whole energy balance. CaO based sorbents will be considered but other alternatives could also be studied.

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with or expecting a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1), and/ or a Master's degree in a relevant subject. Applicants are also required to hold IELTS 6.0 and submit:

  1. Cover letter
  2. CV
  3. Personal and supporting statement
  4. Recommendation form/letter
  5. Academic results
  6. Copy of ID
  7. Certificate
  8. Other preferable info

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 'CO2 capture with radiofrequency heating’ as well as Dr Javier Fernandez-Garcia 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

e: phd@engineering.leeds.ac.uk, t: +44 (0)113 343 8000

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PhD

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Northern England