PhD Studentships in Critical Resource Catalysis at Heriot-Watt University: Institute of Mechanical Process and Energy Engineering

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Critical Resource Catalysis (CRITICAT)

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Critical Resource Catalysis

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Critical Resource Catalysis (CRITICAT) comprises the Chemical Engineering and Chemistry Schools of Heriot-Watt, St Andrews and Edinburgh Universities. CRITICAT provides training in all aspects of catalysis, including chemical and process engineering, as well as homo-, hetero- and bio-catalysis.

This unique approach to catalysis research will:

  • Provide six months of training in all aspects of catalytic engineering and chemistry, including skills training and mini-research projects.
  • Allow you to build and direct your own research through an introductory six month maxi-project.
  • Foster interactions with world-leading academic and industrial researchers through collaborations, CDT conferences, and placements.
  • Provide you with a unique set of transferable skills to enhance your future career.

We are seeking applications from students interested in carrying out a chemical engineering project at Heriot-Watt University as part of the CRITICAT programme. Projects are available with Dr John Andresen, Dr Fernando Cardenas-Lizana, Dr Susana Garcia-Lopez, Dr Tony Gutierrez, Prof Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Prof Raffaella Ocone, Dr Ali Ozel, Prof Xiongwei Ni, Dr Eva Sanchez-Fernandez, Dr Aimaro Sanna and Dr Humphrey Yiu (see for more details).

Applications should be sent to by Wednesday 25th April 2017 and should include:

  • A covering letter that explains your motivation to undertake a CRITICAT PhD and your interest /experience of your intended research area (1000 words maximum).
  • A CV that includes a transcript of your degree results to date.
  • Candidates must also organise the submission of at least one “letter of support” from an academic supervisor, line manager or equivalent. Letters of support can be sent as part of your application or e-mailed directly to

UK and EU students will be eligible for full fee studentships, subject to normal EPSRC rules. UK and EU students will also be eligible to receive a stipend (currently £14,777 p.a.) throughout their 4-year course. Applications are welcomed from UK/EU students with, or expecting to gain, a first or upper second class honours MEng/MChem degree (or equivalent). For non-UK/EU candidates a limited number of Overseas Fees Scholarships may be available for outstanding candidates.

We will shortlist soon after the closing date and short-listed candidates will be invited to interview. As part of this process students will be invited to identify their preferred supervisor(s) and research project(s). The Management Committee will match the highest calibre students with supervisors and PhD projects.

Further Information can be found on our website:

If you have additional questions, please contact the CDT Director or CDT Manager (details below)

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