Green production of carbonaceous materials from biomass and waste plastics




3 years

Application deadline:

Friday 6 March 2020

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.

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This is a funded scholarship over a three year period. The funding you receive will cover the fees for your PhD programme and also an annual maintenance grant at the level of UKRI (£15,009 in 2019), depending on satisfactory progress.

There is an optional writing up period if you need to complete your thesis after the three year period of your research degree, for which there is a small charge. Your maintenance grant will not cover you during this optional writing up period.

Entry requirements

We are looking to appoint an applicant with demonstrable laboratory skills with a desire to be part of an active research community focused on creating valuable materials from waste streams. Applicants for this project should have a 1st class undergraduate degree and Masters level qualification in chemical engineering, materials science or relevant applied physical science. A 2:1 may be considered if combined with relevant experience.