About this project
The THYME project brings together the bioeconomy expertise of the Universities of Teesside, Hull and York, to find research solutions to decrease our reliance on non-renewable energy resources and drive innovation in the way we manage land assets. Our region has the potential to become world leading in securing food, water and energy whilst adapting to the challenges of climate change.
The Energy and Environment Institute at the University of Hull is offering funded PhD scholarships as part of the THYME project to work with academic research leaders across the University to focus on the following priority areas within the bioeconomy.
Green production of carbonaceous materials from biomass and waste plastics
Nano-materials offer huge promise for making many kinds of new products. Because of their size, their behaviour can be radically different from the bulk materials.
This research project will focus on the development of sustainable, safe and environmentally friendly carbonaceous nano-materials from agricultural waste and waste plastics, as a novel element in a wide range of potential applications.
Carbonaceous materials have a wide range of high-tech applications such as flexible display panels, fibre-reinforced composites, energy storage, catalyst support, sports equipment, dielectric electromagnetic absorbers, automotive and aerospace-related products and application of wastewater treatment. Their performance, as well as the number of potential applications, can be further increased by combining them with functional materials.
The research will involve the application of advanced processing techniques to synthesise, manipulate and functionalise the nano-carbonaceous materials.
Detailed chemical and functional characterisation of the raw materials and composites will then allow materials to be optimised for potential use in high-tech applications.
Please contact Dr Sharif Zein if you have questions.