Research Assistant/ Officer in Cyclic Adsorption Processes

Swansea University

Salary: £28,936 to £32,548 per annum Grade 7, £32,958 to £ per annum Grade 8

Applications are invited for the position of Research Assistant/Officer in Cyclic Adsorption Processes with a special focus on Environmental Engineering applications.  You will join a multi-disciplinary research team at the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI), the Gas Separation and Purification Group and work in cutting edge research labs at the new Swansea University Bay Campus and in collaboration with Chemical Engineering at University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC).

The project: Cyclic adsorption processes, in particular, pressure swing adsorption (PSA) processes are ubiquitous throughout the chemical process industries and used extensively to separate or purify gas streams from a variety of sources. This project is concerned with the separation of flue gas streams that contain CO2 and other gases of value like CO and H2.  These flue gas streams may originate from steel making processes or other industrial processes in Wales that generate flue gas. The main engineering themes are: 1) lowering carbon emissions through conversion of CO2 to added value products and 2) lowering carbon emissions through replacement of non-carbon fuels.  Reduced Industrial Carbon Emissions (RICE) Operation is in direct response to Welsh Government targets for CO2 reduction that cannot be met with present technology. In the context of energy research, a focus will be on CO2 utilisation options combining innovative PSA processes that have the potential to yield a significant, net reduction of CO2 emissions in volumes sufficient to make a meaningful contribution to our climate change objectives. This cyclic adsorption processes project is interdisciplinary and very application oriented since it will be carried out in collaboration with ESRI.

The RICE Operation, led by Swansea University, in collaboration with the University of South Wales is a 3 year, €9 million, strategic initiative funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.  The RICE Operation is designed to stimulate growth in Wales and achieve a global impact through a coordinated programme of transnational activities by combining established expertise, in algae conversion and hydrogen generation, with emerging expertise in heat-to-electricity, CO2 capture, and chemical waste, and their conversion to high value added products, in order to create new enterprises that can be integrated into present energy intensive industries to reduce CO2 emissions, resulting in both SMEs and new businesses for existing SMEs leading to the successful translation of research and innovation processes into new and improved commercial products, processes and services. The Energy Safety Research Institute. ESRI is housed on Swansea University’s new world class Bay Campus and provides an exceptional environment for delivering cutting edge research across energy and energy safety related disciplines with the aim of “building the bridge to a sustainable, affordable and secure energy future.”

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