Activating Carbon Dioxide Utilising Atmospheric Pressure Gas Plasma PhD

Entry requirements
2:1 +
Full-time
3 years
Part-time
5 years
Start date
01 October
Application deadline
28 May 2019
Reference number
CM/BB-Un2/2018
UK / EU fee
£4,260
International fee
£20,500
Location
Loughborough
Department
Chemistry

Overview

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Project detail

This project will be part of the Doctoral Training Centre on Plasma interactions with Liquids. The Buckley group has embarked on a programme of research directed at carbon dioxide utilisation (CDU) and has reported initial efforts in the area. An electrosynthetic system was employed under atmospheric CO2 pressures and at ambient temperatures to afford cyclic carbonates from the corresponding epoxides. A major drawback with this type of electrosynthetic system was the requirement for the use of a sacrificial anode. In order to increase the sustainability and practicality of electrosynthetic processes, it is crucially important that the sacrificial anode is replaced, and thus enables CO2 reduction using non-sacrificial electrodes that, in time, could derive energy from harvesting sunlight. However, this is non-trivial, as state-of-the-art technology has shown that the use of non-sacrificial electrodes is often accompanied by a loss in selectivity when carboxylation of organic compounds is studied. Therefore, in this project the use of a non-sacrificial synthetic electrochemical processes to hydrocarboxylate alkenes will be identified and optimised - utilising gas plasma as an electrode. To enable this step changing technology the project aims to apply traditional and cutting-edge physical organic techniques and electrosynthesis to better understand the carboxylation process.

Supervisors

Primary supervisor: Dr Benjamin R Buckley

Secondary supervisor: Dr Felipe Iza

Find out more

For further project details email Dr Benjamin R Buckley or register your interest and ask us a question.

Find out more about: the research and CO2Chem.

Why you should choose us

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements are listed using standard UK undergraduate degree classifications i.e. first-class honours, upper second-class honours and lower second-class honours. To learn the equivalent for your country, please choose it from the dropdown below.

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in chemistry or physics.

A relevant Master's degree and / or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: organic synthesis, electrochemistry, gas plasmas.

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English Language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

Fees and funding

UK / EU fee

Full-time degree per annum
£4,260

International fee

Full-time degree per annum
£20,500

Starting your studies in the 2018/19 academic year?

If your start date is October 2018, January 2019, or April 2019 your tuition fees for this academic year will be at the 2018/19 rates.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment.

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

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How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name select Chemistry. Please quote reference number: CM/BB-Un2/2018

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