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PhD UK/EU Studentship: Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Hydrodynamics in Multi-Phase Reactors

Fully-funded PhD studentship with Professor Lynn Gladden, Dr. Andrew Sederman and Dr. Mick Mantle. The studentship is funded by Shell. Project to start 1 October 2017. Due to funding regulations, this studentship is only available to UK and EU nationals. Students must meet the eligibility criteria at:

The aim of this project is to develop and implement novel magnetic resonance techniques to image flow fields in catalytic reactors. The group is established as a leader in imaging fluid flows in fixed-bed reactors and we have a number of projects extending this to spatially-resolving catalytic conversion inside such reactors. This project will study flow through fixed beds of catalyst particles and will focus on reactor systems that will change with time; that is, the internal structure of the reactor will change as the catalytic reaction proceeds. There is scope to develop new ultra-fast flow imaging techniques as well as to apply these methods to problems of both fundamental research significance and industrial relevance.

Initially there will be two areas of application: (i) How do particulates that break off from catalyst pellets during use ('fines') redistribute within the bed and modify the fluid flow fields with the reactor? How does this influence reactor operation? (ii) The use of biological materials as a chemical feedstock is an area of significant interest. However, as the biological materials inside a reactor chemical transform, how do the transport processes (i.e. molecular diffusion and flow) change? We need to understand fluid hydrodynamics within these systems if such 'green' chemical processes are to be widely adopted in the chemical and process industries.

The project is based in Cambridge but the student will have the opportunity to interact with collaborators in Shell.

Applicants for the studentship should have a First Class (or a high 2:1) degree in a relevant discipline such as chemical engineering, engineering, chemistry or physics.

To apply for the studentship:

  1. Include the Vacancy Reference number LFGPHD006A in the subject line of your email.

  2. Send your CV, to include grades/marks received in relevant examinations, to by 17:00 on 19 May 2017.

Please quote reference LFGPHD006A on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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