PhD Studentship: Investigating Recycling Options for Air Pollution Control Residues (APCr) – Manufacture of Lightweight Aggregates

University of East London

Sustainability Research Institute Studentship with Augean Plc Ltd.

Applications are invited for a PhD research studentship in the Materials Science area funded by the Sustainability Research Institute University of East London and Augean Plc.

Project Title:  Investigating recycling options for Air Pollution Control Residues (APCr) – Manufacture of Lightweight Aggregates

Director of Studies: Darryl Newport

The SRI is a highly specialised centre of research and knowledge exchange excellence, leading on issues around sustainable development. We work collaboratively with Academic, Government, Industry and Third sector Institutions to develop solutions for everyday issues affecting our natural environment, to achieve sustainable living and to become more environmentally aware. Our vision is to deliver excellent research on a local, national and international scale that makes a difference to the natural environment and the communities whose lives and livelihoods are intertwined with it.

Working closely with our industrial partner’s Augean PLC, this SRI project will research potential options for APCr recycling. Currently APC residues are classified as hazardous wastes and therefore their disposal is very costly. The potential to treat such wastes has been investigated but thus far commercially viable options have not been successful. The inclusion of such wastes in the manufacture of lightweight aggregates may provide a mechanism by which the material is encapsulated and made more environmentally safe; other methods may include cost-effective pre-processing. For this research, applicants with sound knowledge of Material Science is essential and with a good understanding of environmental chemistry, being desirable. The proposed project will also involve the student working closely with our industry partner Augean PLC and may require travel to their facilities within the UK.

The Award 

The studentship is for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory progress and provides an annual award of £16,700 per annum towards payment of tuition fees at the UK/EU* rate and the remainder to assist in living expenses.

*Applicants from outside the UK/EU are eligible to apply for the studentship on the understanding that the difference in the cost of tuition fee is payable by the candidate. The tuition fee is in the region of £4960 for UK/EU.


Applicants must have a good honours degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent) or an MSc in a related discipline relevant to the research project and appropriate other experience. Applicants must also have good communication skills and a high level of written and spoken English. Where English is not the applicant’s first language, a minimum IELTS Academic English score of 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components is required.

The holder of the studentship will be expected to:

  • Complete their doctoral studies and submit their dissertation in 3 years. This is to match the funding length.
  • Prepare papers for submission to peer-reviewed journals
  • Participate in and contribute to research activities of the Institute and activities relevant to their sponsors
  • Optional undertaking of up to 6 hours of academic support activity per week.
  • Be prepared to travel and work in collaborating institutions, both in the UK and abroad.

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