CO2 Capture directly from the atmosphere

The design of the forthcoming future is negative in emissions. Among the negative emission technologies options, those capturing CO2 directly from the air are called Direct Air Capture technologies. Direct Air Capture technologies are regarded as the solution having the biggest carbon removal potential but is also the least known. If Direct Air Capture had to be an essential measure, future society would deal with severe restrictions in energy availability.  
In your studies you will work in the Emerging Sustainable Technologies Laboratory (ESTech Lab), be part of a world leading research group in carbon capture towards the development of a proof-of-concept super-efficient processes for direct air capture, have access to state-of-the-art equipment available including a small scale Direct Air Capture prototype ( and brainstorm new technological avenues for Direct Air Capture.
Your studies will be carried out at the Institute for Materials and Processes (IMP) and will include modelling activities supported by experiments. You will attain skills in modelling, design and testing of new negative emission technologies.
Please note, the position will be filled once a suitable candidate has been identified.
G. Santori et. al. Adsorption artificial tree for atmospheric carbon dioxide capture, purification and compression, Energy 162 (2018) 1158-1168.


Further Information: 

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Closing Date: 

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Principal Supervisor: 

Dr Giulio Santori

Assistant Supervisor: 

Prof Stefano Brandani


•    Undergraduate degree in chemical engineering or chemistry
•    Desirable criteria: i) knowledge of thermodynamics of fluid phase equilibria or physical chemistry; ii) basic skills on utilization of one computational tool such as Matlab, Mathcad, Mathematica etc…

Minimum entry qualification - an Honours degree at 2:1 or above (or International equivalent) in a relevant science or engineering discipline, possibly supported by an MSc Degree. Further information on English language requirements for EU/Overseas applicants.


Funding (tuition fees and stipend) is available for UK students and EU students who have lived in the UK for 3+ years.  EU students who have not lived in the UK for 3+ years are only eligible for tuition fees and not stipend.   
International students are welcome to apply but external funding must be sourced – please provide details of the funding source you intend to apply to, or details of the funding you have already secured in your application.

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

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