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PhD Studentship - Porous Nanostructures from Waste Recycling and its Application in Energy Storage

Bournemouth University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bournemouth
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £15,225 Maintenance grant, Per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 13th March 2020
Closes: 10th May 2020

Lead Supervisor name: Amor Abdelkader

Project description: There is increasing awareness across the globe of the disposal of waste materials. The significant of the problem increases for waste with high heterogeneity, which complicates their recycling in terms of environmental and economic feasibility. The proposed project is looking to introduce an out-of-the-box solution for carbon-based materials waste problem. The project aims to develop an integrated system to recycle various carbon waste materials and converting them into nanostructures that can be used in energy storage applications. The project will utilise new green technology for the conversion process. Existing concepts that have been developed in the Advanced Materials Lab in Bournemouth will be explored further, and new ideas will be developed.  This PhD studentship also aims to deliver novel battery electrodes based on the recycled materials with properties meeting the latest application requirements in terms of performance, safety and sustainability. The project is multidisciplinary and covers aspects of chemistry, chemical engineering, and materials science.

What does the funded studentship include?

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £15,225 per annum (unless otherwise specified), to cover their living expenses and have their fees waived for 36 months. In addition, research costs, including field work and conference attendance, will be met.

Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates for a PhD Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 4 years and must demonstrate:

  • Outstanding academic potential as measured normally by either a 1st class honours degree (or equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA) or a Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent
  • An IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component, or equivalent) for candidates for whom English is not their first language and this must be evidenced at point of application.

 Additional Eligibility:

The ideal candidate for the role will have received a First-class Honours degree in Materials Science, Chemistry, chemical engineering, or a related discipline. They will preferably have some experience with molten salts and/or lithium-ion batteries.

In addition to satisfying basic entry criteria, BU will look closely at the qualities, skills and background of each candidate and what they can bring to their chosen research project in order to ensure successful and timely completion. 

Closing date: The first call for applications will close on 10 May 2020.

For further information on how to apply click the ‘Apply’ button below or email

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