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Project Title Principal Supervisor Research Institutes Project Summary
SPADnet: Fully Networked, Digital Components for Photon-starved Biomedical Imaging Systems

Dr Robert Henderson

Integrated Micro and Nano Systems

Single photon sensitive detectors for Positron Emission Tomography (PET).

PolyWEC: New mechanisms and concepts for exploiting electroactive Polymers for Wave Energy Conversion

Professor David Ingram

Energy Systems

Wave energy has a great potential as renewable source of electricity. Studies have demonstrated that significant percentage of world electricity could be produced by Wave Energy Converters (WECs). However electricity generation from waves still lacks of spreading because the combination of harsh environment and form of energy makes the technical development of cost effective WECs particularly difficult.

Development of H2 PSA (99.9% purity and 85+% recovery) Integrated with a Pre-Combustion IGCC and its Integrated Efficiency evaluation

Dr Hyungwoong Ahn

Materials and Processes

This project is aimed to develop a novel process for producing ultrapure hydrogen from synthesis gas originating from coal gasification. The coal-to-H2 process is integrated with a pre-combustion carbon capture process for de-carbonising the syngas and the integration results in improving H2 yield at the H2 Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA).

Community-Based Waste-Water Treatment in International Development

Dr Martin Crapper

Infrastructure and Environment

A project, funded by PhD scholarships from the Islamic Development Bank and EPSRC (via the Doctoral Training Grants) is underway looking at the efficiency of meso-scale waste stabilization ponds to treat municipal waste water, with resource recovery from fish farming and selling sludge for fertilizer. The ultimate aim is to demonstrate systems that can be adpoted and run by communities, particularly in urban West Africa. The pilot project is based in Cotonou, Benin.

VELaSSCo: Visualization for Extremely Large-scale Scientific Computing

Prof. Jin Ooi

Infrastructure and Environment

The Vision of VELaSSCo is to provide new approaches for visual analysis of large-scale simulations for the Exabyte era. It does this by building on big data tools and architectures for the engineering and scientific community and by adopting new ways of in-situ processing for data analytics and hardware accelerated interactive visualization.

Using short-ranged repulsion to tune suspension viscosity and shear thickening

Dr. Jin Sun

Infrastructure and Environment

Dense suspensions of solid particles exhibit rich and fascinating flow behaviour.

Transporting, handling and storing behaviour of iron ore fines

Prof. Jin Ooi

Infrastructure and Environment

This project attempts to deal with the challenges associated with handling and storage of cohesive solids in the mining industry. An adhesive-frictional model has been recently developed for DEM simulation of cohesive particles at the University of Edinburgh. This project will exploit the new method for modelling cohesive particulates for specific problems, such as effect of fines in silo discharge and the effect of time consolidation.

Enhanced oil/gas recovery and CO2 storage

Dr Xianfeng Fan

Materials and Processes

Enhanced oil/gas recovery and CO2 storage are a displacement process at pore scale, in which oil and gas are displaced by water or CO2 in reservoir at pore scale, or water is displaced by CO2 in aquifers at pore scale. This displacement is controlled by pore structure, pore wettability, pore surface chemistry, fluid viscosity and interfacial interaction between pore fluids and pore surfaces. The displacement controls the pore connectivity, therefore oil/gas recovery and CO2 storage capacity. We investigate the displacement and the effect of various factors on the displacement at pore scale and core scale.

Particulate Materials Processing

Dr Xianfeng Fan

Materials and Processes

Bubbling fluidization has been widely applied in process industries, such as power generation from coal, renewable energy production, gasification and pyrolysis. In this study, we attempted to predict solid flow patterns, solid and gas mixing, bubble behaviour in a bubbling fluidized bed based on operational conditions and bed design.

Development of UV and visible light active photocatalysts

Dr Xianfeng Fan

Materials and Processes

To address the need for effective vis response photocatalysts, we have synthesised WO3 and TiO2 nanowires to provide a fast transport channel for the photo-generated electrons which can retard the charge recombination. We are working on improving the visible activity of the catalysts through modifying the nanocomposites using metal (Ag, W, V, Fe, Ni) and non-metal (C, N, B, S) elements, and through the control over the microstructure or even over the crystal phase.

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