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PhD studentship opportunity in Integrated Carbon Dioxide Capture and Utilisation

Department of Chemical and Process Engineering

Location:  Guildford
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Tuesday 10 September 2019
Closing Date:  Tuesday 31 December 2019
Reference:  073019

Studentship description

This is a fully funded Ph.D. project focusing on developing dual function materials (DFMs) that can capture carbon dioxide from an emission source and release it as a high value fuel or chemical upon exposure to a reducing co-reactant. By coupling carbon dioxide capture to an exothermic reduction reaction, the energy demand of carbon dioxide release from adsorption sites is balanced by the energy produced from the exothermic reaction.

Dependence on fossil fuels for energy and chemicals have resulted in the increase in anthropogenic carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere, responsible for climate change and ocean acidification. Post-combustion carbon dioxide capture can be energy intensive and costly, which limits its deployment at the massive scales needed to combat climate change. What can make this situation more attractive from an energetic and economic perspective is to combine carbon dioxide capture and catalysis in a single reactor; in this scenario a dual function material with adsorbent and catalytic capability takes advantage of an exothermic chemical transformation of carbon dioxide to drive the endothermic desorption process from adsorbent sites, avoiding temperature or pressure swing steps that are conventionally employed. 

This project will be conducted in the Chemical and Process Engineering Department at University of Surrey beginning in January 2020. The focus of this project is to develop new dual function materials by investigating the catalytic transformations of carbon dioxide, catalyst performance under cyclic conditions and upon integration with adsorbent materials. The ideal candidate will hold a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering or a relevant discipline. Prior experimental research experience is desirable.

Entry requirements

  • Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering or relevant discipline
  • UK/EU students
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, both in plain English and scientific language for publication in relevant journals and presentation at conferences. If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 6.6 with at least 6 in all the components.


The project will fund UK/EU fees and a stipend to cover cost of living. For more information please refer to

How to apply

Applications should be sent through the Chemical and Process Engineering Research course page: Please clearly state the studentship title on your application.

Closing date for applications

Applications accepted all year round

Application enquiries

Applicants should apply to the Chemical and Process Engineering department’s Research PhD programme via the on-line application and also send their CV to Dr. Melis Duayr ( and Dr. Tomas Ramirez Reina (

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