|Location:||Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne|
|Funding for:||EU Students, International Students, Self-funded Students, UK Students|
|Funding amount:||£15,609 Full home fees and annual living allowance|
|Placed On:||10th September 2021|
|Closes:||1st October 2021|
Halogenated contaminants such as chlorinated solvents are prevalent pollutants in contaminated soils and groundwater and remain among the most difficult to remediate. The potential contribution of abiotic natural attenuation (ANA) to halogenated contaminant degradation has recently received increased recognition but there are still significant gaps in our understanding and quantification of fundamental processes underpinning ANA. The aim of this project is to characterize the degradation of halogenated contaminants by Fe-bearing clay minerals under changing biogeochemical site conditions. Specifically, we will address current data gaps on the reduction of specific halogenated contaminants (e.g. dichloroethenes) by Fe-bearing clay minerals, evaluate relative contributions of reductive vs oxidative degradation of a range of chlorinated and fluorinated contaminants, and investigate cause and effects of reactive mineral intermediate (RMI) phases formed during changes in biogeochemical conditions. Our overall approach combines detailed characterization of the biogeochemical conditions (ICP-OES/MS, in-situ DO probes), the mineral assemblage (Mössbauer spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction), and the rates and products of halogenated contaminant degradation (GC-MS/FID, LC-MS-MS).
This project is part of a larger, collaborative study with the Oregon Health & Science University and the University of Iowa.
Start Date: November 2021
Award Duration: 3 years
Application Closing Date: 1 October 2021
You must have, or expect to achieve, a minimum of an upper-second-class Honours degree or international equivalent, in environmental science/engineering/chemistry, geochemistry or a related subject and have experience in the laboratory. You should be motivated to conduct extensive laboratory work, including aqueous and solid phase analyses (ICP-OES, GC-MS, HPLC, LC-MS-MS, XRD, Mössbauer spectroscopy). Experience in any of these techniques would be advantageous. The project involves collaboration with overseas universities, requiring excellent communication skills and proficiency in the English language.
The studentship is open to both Home and International applicants. However, the funding only covers Home fees and an annual living allowance of £15,609. Therefore any international applicants must be able to self-fund the difference between Home and International fee amounts.
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