PhD Studentship Techno-economic Feasibility Assessment of Co2 Capture and Utilisation From Cement Manufacturing

A new opening PhD position is available at The University of Nottingham, UK. The deadline to apply is November 30, 2018.

Applications are invited for a fully funded 3-year PhD project in the area of CO capture and utilisation in the Low Carbon Energy and Resources Technologies Research Group at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham. Due to funding restrictions this studentship is only available to UK and EU citizens.

Decarbonising heavy industry is now seen as essential to meet the climate change target of limiting global warming to 2C since pre-industrial times. To achieve deep decarbonisation, carbon capture and storage (CCS) is required and, in areas where there is no storage capacity close by, the conversion of CO to added-value products needs to be considered.

The project will evaluate the technical and financial feasibility of different process scenarios for carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) from lime and cement manufacturing, one of the largest CO emitters globally. Towards this aim, the project will include:

Techno-economic assessment (TEA) is a valuable tool for assessing the economic viability of new technologies and it is widely used in industry to optimise existing processes and explore new technology options.PhD Engineering graduates with TEA experience are highly sought by both industry and academia; thus, they have a wider range of employment options upon graduation.

You will join an established research team within the Low Carbon Energy and Resources Technologies Research Group (Faculty of Engineering) which is world renowned for its high impact research on CCS, CCU and biomass/waste utilisation.

Funding is available upon confirmation by the Faculty of Engineering at University of Nottingham This will cover tuition fees, and full Stipend at the RCUK rate, which is 14,777 (tax free) per annum for 2018/19, subject to annual increases for inflation. An enhanced stipend may be available to the successful candidate. There will also be some support available for you to claim for conference attendance.

You should be able to demonstrate an interest in process simulation and modelling. Students with experience or a willingness to learn software such as Aspen Plus, Aspen HYSYS and MATLAB are encouraged to apply.

Start date: Preferably October or December 2018 but this is flexible. Applicants should be UK or EU nationals and should have (or expect to obtain) a first-class or good 2:1 (above 65% grade mark average) UK honours degree, or a distinction or high merit at MSc level in Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or a related discipline.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Ioanna Dimitriou (

Applications with a CV, cover letter including your research interests, and the names and email addresses of two referees should be sent to Dr Ioanna Dimitriou, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Nottingham, University Park, NG7 2RD. Email: Suitable applicants will be interviewed, and if successful, invited to make a formal application.


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