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PhD Studentships - Opportunities in Catalysis for Sustainable Plastics

University of Liverpool

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Liverpool
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £15,285
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 23rd December 2021
Closes: 23rd March 2022

We have a number of PhD opportunities as part of a large project that aims to provide the scientific foundation that will allow the UK consumer chemical sector to become sustainable and carbon neutral. The consumer chemical industry makes products that go into cosmetics, vitamins and health supplements, soaps, detergents, household chemicals, perfumes and foods. While some steps have already been taken to make this sector more sustainable, the use of virgin petrochemicals and other non-sustainable and/or polluting feedstocks remains prevalent. The project will develop routes to synthesise (and recycle) feedstock chemicals that do not depend on virgin petrochemicals. These new materials will not only need to be sustainable and carbon neutral, they also need to offer high performance, be cost effective to produce in bulk quantities and must not have long-term persistence in the environment after use. This will require new catalysts and catalytic processes.

The currently available projects aim to prepare new catalyst materials using different synthesis techniques ranging from atomic layer deposition, solution-based chemistry or pyrolysis.

The available projects are:

Metal-organic framework derived catalysts for CO2 utilisation

www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/studentships/catalysts-for-co2-utilisation

New porous frameworks for sustainable biomas catalysis

www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/studentships/sustainable-biomass-catalysis

New materials for catalytic conversion of CO2 to chemicals

www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/studentships/catalytic-conversion-co2-chemicals

New porous materials for CO2 Catalysis

www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/studentships/porous-materials-co2-catalysis

New materials for Sustainable Biomass Oxidation Catalysis

www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/studentships/sustainable-biomass-oxidation-catalysis

For studentships funded through EPSRC there are specific eligibility criteria: epsrc.ukri.org/skills/students/guidance-on-epsrc-studentships/eligibility

The EPSRC and School maintenance grants are set at the standard UK research council rate of £15,285 for 2020-21 and the student will also have access to a research training support grant for consumables, travel, computing etc.

Students are encouraged to undertake some teaching duties for the department, up to a maximum of 6 hours per week in term time, for which they will receive training. If they do this, they will be paid at the regular hourly rate (currently £15.99 per hour). Students will also have the option to work towards and apply for Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (via the Foundations in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education (FLTHE) programme www.liverpool.ac.uk/eddev/supporting-teaching/flthe or the University of Liverpool Teaching Recognition and Accreditation (ULTRA) Framework www.liverpool.ac.uk/eddev/ultra-cpd).

Students can submit a formal application through the link below www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/how-to-apply.

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