Mechanism of CO2 transport in membranes for carbon capture applications

Applications are invited for postgraduate research leading to a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering.
Carbon capture has shown great potential for tackling global climate change challenges but its deployment is hindered by the cost of the technology. Among promising technical solutions, membranes could play a leading role in achieving climate targets but further research is needed.  
In particular novel materials are continuously developed to improve performance and therefore lower the cost of the separation process. A key step in this effort to develop advances membranes is the understanding of the underlying mechanism of interaction of CO2 and other gaseous species with the materials. This would allow the design of tailored membranes that can exploit this mechanism in the different conditions.
The project will be carried out at the Institute for Materials and Processes (IMP) and will include modelling activities supported by experimentss. The student will attain skills in modelling, fabrication and characterisation, using techniques such as; Scanning electron microscopy, FTIR spectroscopy, operando spectroscopy, permeation measurement etc.  

Further Information: 

Dr Ferrari – Google Scholar profile

Dr Ferrari – School website

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Closing Date: 

Thursday, December 30, 2021

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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.

To undertake this research, we are seeking a motivated candidate with an honors degree at 2:1 or above in any of these areas, chemical engineering, chemistry, materials science, physics or a related discipline.


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

Competition funding opportunities available – please enquire
 Open to students from the UK or EU  

Further information and other funding options.

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