PhD Studentship - Bio-bitumen

Updated: 5 months ago
Location: Nottingham, SCOTLAND
Deadline: 09 Jun 2017

Closing Date
Friday, 9th June 2017

Engineering Doctorate postgraduate position in the Energy and Sustainability Division, Faculty of Engineering

Project sponsored by Tarmac

Suitable for students with a Chemical Engineering or Chemistry backgrounds


There is a drive to seek alternative to petroleum-based feedstocks across the chemical industry and this includes bitumen used a binder in aggregates.  The project will involve investigating algal matter by thermal processing to generate high boiling material in high yield (bio-bitumen) that has similar properties to existing bitumen.  The results from the research will be used to design a pilot-plant to that bio-bitumen in sufficient quantities for testing under real life conditions and to provide design information for a full-scale plant.  The research is most suited for a chemist or chemical engineer with interests in complex organic matter, thermal conversion and analytical techniques.                                                   

Academic supervisors: Dr Paul Langston, Prof Colin Snape, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham.

The Engineering Doctorate (EngD) is of four years duration, starting October 2017 and carries an enhanced annual stipend of £18,796, to eligible UKcandidates.

For more information on the Centre and its research visit

To apply send your CV and covering letter to the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Carbon Capture and Storage and Cleaner Fossil Energy:

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