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PhD Studentship: Sustainable Routes for Recycling Copper for High-Performance Applications

Loughborough University - Materials

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Loughborough
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 19th February 2024
Closes: 10th March 2024
Reference: MTC001
 

Vision

We are seeking a highly motivated student to help develop and scale up a sustainable low-cost low-energy route for creating novel high-performance copper components from waste feedstock. The project will explore the potential of a solid-state recycling process considering technical, economic and sustainability aspects. The project will help develop a sustainable processing route for high-value high-performance nanocrystalline materials for a range of advanced engineering applications.

Motivation

Direct solid-state conversion of low-cost materials into high-value high-performance products is a future trend in the circular economy. Traditional copper recycling, relying on energy-intensive melting methods, is unsustainable and inefficient. In contrast, this project will explore Equal Channel Angular Pressing (ECAP) as a solid-state recycling technique to revolutionise copper recycling. This project aims to transform copper recycling by introducing an innovative, eco-friendly approach. The study seeks to efficiently convert copper waste into valuable copper materials with nanoscale grains, all in a single step. 

Aim

What sets this project apart is its unique approach, as there are currently no established recycling methods for copper waste that can simultaneously produce high-performance nanocrystalline materials from waste. You will have the opportunity to conduct feasibility assessments and microstructure and property analysis, e.g. mechanical and electrical property evaluations.

Through significantly reduced energy consumption, preservation of material quality, and the production of nano-grained materials, this project offers a promising solution for sustainable copper manufacturing and resource conservation.

Additional Funding Information

This is a 3-year fully funded studentship that is only open to UK home students. The successful applicant will receive a generous tax-free annual stipend of £26,658 plus payment of their full-time home tuition fees. Due to funding restrictions, this PhD position is only available to UK nationals. As this position is sponsored by the MTC, any successful candidate would need to pass the sponsor's security checks prior to the commencement of the PhD.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Fees are reviewed annually and are likely to increase to take into account inflationary pressures.

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