Desalination with low temperature heat

The aim of this studentship is to demonstrate the feasibility of desalination with low temperature heat and advanced water sorption materials and structures.

Background and motivation: Water scarcity is one of the big challenges the human kind is facing. In a couple of decades everyone will have access to fewer resources than nowadays. The dramatic increase of global population will lower the individual water available. Water will be therefore supplied also from sources at different degrees of purities. This will require purification and consequently an increase in the energy demand.

In terms of future assets, heat powered desalination cycles can compensate this shortage by deploying a source of energy which is usually wasted.

Resources: The successful candidate will benefit of our world’s smallest temperature swing desalination prototype available in the laboratories of The University of Edinburgh, by using it with advanced water-entertaining materials and structures.

Experimental work alongside theoretical interpretation will be required for the successful completion of the studies.

You will be part of an established research team with expertise on sustainable materials and technologies which will be supporting your studies.

Closing Date: 

Friday, February 23, 2018

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Minimum entry qualification - an Honours degree at 2:1 or above (or International equivalent) in Chemical, Mechanical or Materials Engineering, possibly supported by an MSc Degree.

Desirable Skills: Labview and/or Computer Aided Design tools.

Further information on English language requirements for EU/Overseas applicants.


Applications are welcomed from self-funded students, or students who are applying for scholarships from the University of Edinburgh or elsewhere

Further information and other funding options.

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