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PhD studentships in Department of Chemical Engineering

Loughborough University - Department of Chemical Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Loughborough
Funding for: EU Students, International Students, Self-funded Students, UK Students
Funding amount: £14,777 per annum, plus funding depending on eligibility
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 31st July 2018
Closes: 31st October 2018
Reference: AACME-GENCG-2018

Start date: 1st October 2018

The Department of Chemical Engineering has a number of University funded PhD studentships available in the Research Themes of Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering, Nano- and Micro-Scale Engineering, Energy and Environmental Engineering and Catalytic, Separation and Purification Technology to start in October 2018. Many of these areas overlap and we welcome applications from individuals who are interested in developing a PhD project based on the broad topics described below with a supervisor. UK/EU students are eligible to receive University funding although we welcome applications from any students who are able to self-fund and we may be able to provide a partial fee waiver for exceptional international candidates.  

Under our Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering Research area: Pharmaceutical-Bioengineering we aim to exploit pharmaceutical engineering technologies and provide bioengineering solutions to tackle global healthcare challenges (e.g. antimicrobial resistance) and provide cost effective production of high value drugs ranging from tablets to cell and gene therapies. Specific interests include the manufacture of cell-based therapies, encapsulation of cells and other bioactive compounds and pharmaceutical process control.

Our Nano- and Micro-Scale Engineering Research area: Nano-Micro-Engineering

has evolved from our expertise in particle technology and hence focuses on the nano- and micro-engineering of particles and materials with regard to their manufacture, formulation and dispersion for applications ranging from food and pharmaceuticals to energy.  Specific areas of interest to staff include optical manipulation of micro-particle based assemblies for compartmentalized chemistry, use of ultrasound as a tool to characterize nano or micro-particles, membrane technologies for emulsification, microfluidic techniques for particle production and engineering of materials for fuel cells and batteries.

The Energy and Environmental Engineering research area: Energy-Environmental-Engineering within the Department is very broad, ranging from development of technology to enable production of clean fuels and hydrogen storage to water pollution control and tools to enable environmental solute detection. Work in this area can be experimental or indeed use computational modeling to understand how, for example, contaminants disperse in liquids and gases.

The fourth area of research focus for the Department is Catalytic, Separation and Purification Technology: Catalytic-Separation-Purification.  Covering a wide range of applications from biotechnology and green processes through to energy, staff are seeking to further understand fundamental phenomena as well as design new processes. This includes those to generate high value particles by membrane emulsification, creation of advanced functional photocatalysts and novel microfiltration membranes as well as biosensors.

In addition, on our website you will also find information on our Centres for Doctoral Training which you may be eligible for. Please take a look at:

For general information:

Dr Karen Coopman +44 (0) 1509 222513,

Entry requirements:Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1, and preferably a First Class, Honours degree (or equivalent) and in Engineering, Mathematics, Physics or a related subject. Candidates should have good communication and team working skills.

Funding information: These projects are funded by Loughborough University and for UK/EU candidates, each includes a stipend of £14,777 per annum for 3 years and your tuition fees at the UK/EU rate will also be funded. In addition, you will have the opportunity to earn up to £1,800 per annum through teaching support.

How to apply:
All applications should be made online at  Please quote the reference AACME-GENCG-2018  on all correspondence and especially on the application form. Please ensure that you select CGRP11 under ‘Programme Name’ on the application form.

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