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PhD Studentship: Characterisation and Modelling of Catalysts for Euro 7 Applications

Queen's University Belfast

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Belfast
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: A stipend of approximately £15,285 tax-free per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 1st October 2021
Closes: 29th October 2021

The global effort to improve air quality and the associated implementation of emission regulations have been major driving factors for the development and adoption of new after-treatment technologies for automotive vehicles.

Since the conception of these standards, the automotive industry has been required to invest extensively in the development of improved catalysts and control systems that meet the increasingly stringent pollutant limits.

This is particularly important with the anticipated introduction of Euro 7 standards around 2025, which are expected to require further reductions in emissions limits while increasing the number of regulated pollutants and extending the operating limits over which the vehicle must comply. In effect, they require zero toxic emissions from the vehicle over its lifetime. The use of advanced simulation tools is crucial to the successful achievement of these requirements.

In the present 3-year PhD project, a range of Euro7 catalysts will be investigated with the aim of developing a predictive model of tailpipe emissions. It will make use of the unique combination of experimental equipment that is available in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, and the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

The project is an exciting research collaboration between the Reaction Engineering, Aftertreatment and Catalysis Technologies group and Ford Motor Company. It is funded through a CASE studentship and will build on the 25-year relationship between Queen’s University Belfast and the company. It is expected that the successful student will spend some time at one of Ford’s research facilities during the project and will benefit from the extensive networking opportunities that this experience affords.


  • Due to funding restrictions, the position is only available for UK-resident candidates
  • Candidates must possess or expect to obtain, a 2:1 or first-class degree in an Engineering or Physical Sciences related discipline 
  • Full eligibility information can be viewed via
  • Candidates must be available to start the post by January 2022 at the latest

The project’s funding will cover the tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,285 tax-free per annum for up to 3 years.

For more information please contact: Prof Alex Goguet ( or Dr Geoffrey McCullough (

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online at: Only applications submitted via the online portal will be accepted.

Closing date: Friday 29th October 2021

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