PhD Studentship: Design of an Improved Path for Cellulose and Sugar Production from Lignocellulosic Biomass Waste

Aston University - School of Engineering and Applied Science

(3 years)

Background of the Project

The proposal brings novel approach to lignocellulosic biomass treatment. Its target is to improve the path for the production of valuable compounds - cellulose and sugars - from lignocellulosic biomass waste by applying environmentally acceptable (low volatility) mixed solvents and catalysts, subjected to custom design. This design will increase the efficiency of both extraction and chemical reaction, while lowering their temperatures and, thus, reducing the related energy costs.

Person Specification

The successful applicant should have a first class or upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualification in Chemical Engineering or Chemistry. Preferred skill requirements include knowledge/experience of catalytic and extraction processes.

We would particularly like to encourage application from women seeking to progress their academic careers. Aston University is committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter, recently recognised by a prestigious Silver Award to SEAS, and we pride ourselves on our vibrant, friendly and supportive environment and family atmosphere.    

For informal enquiries about this project and other opportunities within the EBRI/AIMR Research Group, contact Dr Zoran P. Visak by email

If you require further information about the application process please contact the Postgraduate Admissions team at

The online application form, reference forms and details of entry requirements, including English language are available here.

Applications must also be accompanied by a research proposal giving an overview of the main themes of the research, and explaining how your knowledge and experience will benefit the project.

Details of how to write your project proposal are also included in the How to Apply section.

To submit an application and for details of the entry requirement and funding please visit the Aston University website here.

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