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Chemical and Biological Recycling of Plastics 48-months PhD Studentships Available at The Epsrc and Sfi Cdt for Sustainable Chemistry-atoms2products

Outstanding international students are invited to apply for a PhD scholarship in computer science at The University of Nottingham. The funds for this fellowship are available for two years. Candidates are welcome before February 27, 2020.

Chemical and Biological Recycling of Plastics is one of four multidisciplinary research thematic areas within EPSRC and SFI CT in Sustainable Chemistry – Atoms2Products.

Lack of sustainable plastic waste management strategies has led to the global plastic crisis being one of the major environmental and public health challenges of our time. The UK alone produces around 1 million tonnes of waste plastic per year. Improved mechanical recycling strategies will play an important role in addressing this problem. However, many plastic waste streams are not suitable for mechanical recycling, and chemical and biological recycling technologies need significant development to become part of the mainstream solution to the plastics crisis. The research projects will involve work to provide understanding of how different plastics waste streams can be processed, and what sort of new products can be formed (e.g. monomers, platform chemicals, functional porous materials).

This is a complex and multidisciplinary challenge with the potential to generate cutting-edge fundamental research while working with industrial partners to find solutions to the global challenge of plastic waste.

Candidates from a wide range of backgrounds including chemistry, chemical engineering, computational modelling and biochemistry are invited to apply.

  • Valorising products via recovery of oligomers, monomers and functionalised materials
  • Plastics in the circular economy and life cycle analysis
  • Enzymatic polymer degradation and enzymatic valorisation of the resulting stream
  • Novel recycling routes enabled by the unique properties of supercritical fluids
For further information please contact Chemical and Biological Recycling of Plastics Theme Lead Dr Eleanor Binner on eleanor.binner@nottingham.ac.uk or 0115 74 84960.

- A minimum of an upper second-class honours degree from a 4-year undergraduate course, or equivalent in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Biosciences, Natural Sciences, Biotechnology, Pharmacy or a closely related subject.

- A 3-year undergraduate course in one of the above disciplines plus a Masters degree and/or at least one year’s experience in industry.

Due to funding restrictions, studentships are available to Home and EU applicants only.


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