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Postgraduate Research Opportunity: Development of 2D Material for Water Treatment, University of Leeds, UK
Funded PhD project: UK and EU
Value: Funding covers the cost of fees and provides a maintenance matching the Research Council UK rate (£14,553 for 2017/18). Funding duration is 3 years. UK applicants will be eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance. European Union applicants will be eligible for an award paying tuition fees only, except in exceptional circumstances, or where residency has been established for more than 3 years prior to the start of the course.
Number of awards: Funding for this award is not guaranteed. This research project is in competition for scholarship funding with other projects and will be awarded on a competitive basis.
Deadline: 02.01.2018
Supervisors: Contact Professor Martin Tillotson to discuss this project further informally.

Project description

Water scarcity is a significant challenge facing society. Advanced methods for water purification, such as ultrafiltration and microfiltration using reverse osmosis, have provided solutions in some parts of the world but have limited application due to high capital and operating costs. New high efficiency membranes with high sieving selectivity offer the potential to reduce both the footprint and operating costs of water treatment, thus enabling a new generation of water treatment technologies with much greater potential, including applications in the developing world.

This project will focus on the development of new membranes with low energy cost, improved sieving selectivity, and enhanced efficiency for water treatment with the application of state of the art 2D materials, such as graphene and its derivatives, molybdenum disulphide, boron nitride etc. During the project, membrane preparation methods and properties will be investigated, and a commercially viable method will be developed for membranes to be scaled up towards application level.

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Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with or expecting a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1), and/ or a Master's degree in a relevant subject such as (but not limited to) engineering or physical sciences.

How to apply

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website. Please state clearly in the research information section that the PhD you wish to be considered for is the ‘Development of 2D material for water treatment' as well as Professor Martin Tillotson as your proposed supervisor.

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office
e: phd@engineering.leeds.ac.uk, t: +44 (0)113 343 8000.
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