PhD Studentship - Advanced Nano-particle Filtration Design

Loughborough University

Start date: 1st July 2018

Closing date: 7th May 2018


Primary supervisor: Dr. Edward Long

Secondary supervisor: Prof. Graham Hargrave

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Graduate School, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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Project Detail:

The emission of particulate matter from combustion systems has a substantial impact on health and the environment. While significant progress has been made in filter design and manufacture over the years, there is increasing pressure on combustion-system manufacturers to reduce the number, as well as mass, of particulate emissions. With new manufacturing techniques now available, we have the potential to design porous media on a microstructural level and achieve even greater performance than currently available. However, important research into particle motion and interaction with different structures and surfaces is needed to fully unlock this potential improvement.

This PhD will be working in partnership with Jaguar Land Rover, using state-of-the-art optical diagnostics within Loughborough University’s optical-engineering research laboratory to investigate the relationship between microstructural design and fluid flow on particle movement and trapping. Fully funded by an EPSRC iCase studentship, this is an exciting opportunity to develop new microstructural designs that have the capability of delivering a vital improvement in filtration performance.

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Fluid mechanics, automotive engineering, optical engineering.

Funding information:

This is a funded EPSRC ICASE studentship in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover.

The studentship is for four years and provides a tax free stipend of £17,553 per annum for the duration, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. Due to funding restrictions, this is only available to those who are eligible to pay UK/EU fees. In order to qualify for a full award, all applicants must meet the EPSRC eligibility criteria, including the minimum UK residency requirement:

Contact details:

Name: Dr Edward Long

Email address:

Telephone number: 01509 227535

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Please quote reference number: EL2202

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