Informal enquiries are encouraged. Please direct these to the project supervisor.

For application, please see relevant university process.

Heriot-Watt University Projects

Deep removal of CO2 from industrial sources using innovative electrification concepts

CDT theme:Advancing CCUS Technologies
Lead supervisor:Prof. Susana Garcia
s.garcia@hw.ac.uk
Research field/s:Chemical engineering

Imperial College London Projects

CDT theme: Advancing CCUS technologies
Lead supervisor:Prof. Paul Fennell
Project partner:Calix
Research field/s:Chemical engineering
Email p.fennell@imperial.ac.uk to find out more.
CDT theme:Green hydrogen and sustainable fuels
Lead supervisor:Prof. Yannis Hardalupas
Project partner:Siemens
Research field/s:Chemical engineering
Email y.hardalupas@imperial.ac.uk to find out more.
CDT theme:Advancing CCUS technologies
Lead supervisor:Prof. Paul Fennell
Project partner:Calix
Research field/s:Chemical engineering
Email p.fennell@imperial.ac.uk to find out more.
CDT theme:Advancing CCUS technologies
Lead supervisor:Prof. Daryl Williams
Project partner:Surface Measurements Systems
Research field/s:Chemical engineering
Email d.r.williams@imperial.ac.uk to find out more.

University of Bath’s Projects

CDT theme:Integrated Theme
Lead supervisor:Prof. L Whitmarsh & Prof. S Hampton
Project partner:Project Perseus
Research field/s:Software / Systems Engineering
CDT theme:Systems Integration
Lead supervisor:Prof. Marcelle McManus
Project partner:British Sugar
Research field/s:General engineering/systems analysis
CDT theme:Systems Integration
Lead supervisor:Prof. M McManus
Project partner:Centrica
Research field/s:Software / Systems Engineering
CDT theme:Integrated theme
Lead supervisor:Prof. L Whitmarsh
Project partner:RWE
Research field/s:Community Psychology / Socioeconomics

This PhD will apply qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods to explore CCS perceptions across and within several countries (including the UK). Methods may include deliberative focus groups, online surveys, and/or messaging experiments. There will be a particular focus on how perceptions vary geographically, across age groups, and in response to different messages or scenarios. Outputs will provide insights on how to engage adults and young people on CCS in the context of net zero energy transitions.

University of Sheffield’s Projects

CDT theme:Green hydrogen and sustainable fuels
Lead supervisor:Prof. M Pourkashanian, Dr K Hughes, Dr E Alborzi, Mr I Ahmed
Project partner:EIC Industrial members
Research field/s:Chemical Engineering

By assessing non-CO2 emissions from sustainable fuels, the project aims to provide crucial insights into the potential benefits and environmental impacts of alternative fuels.

CDT theme:Green hydrogen and sustainable fuels
Lead supervisor:Prof. Lin Ma, Dr Kevin Hughes
Research field/s:Chemical engineering

This PhD project aims to investigate the unique temperature combustion behaviours and emission characteristics, in particular NOx production in the combustion of hydrogen and blends with natural gas fuels.

CDT theme:Advancing CCUS technologies
Lead supervisor:Prof Mathieu Lucquiaud
Project partner:SSE Thermal
Research field/s:Chemical Engineering

This project focuses on existing and emerging instrumentation techniques for the monitoring of CO2 capture solvent technologies. It is industrially relevant and is at the forefront of commercial deployment.

CDT theme:Systems integration
Lead supervisor:Prof. Lenny Koh and Prof. Mohamed Pourkashanian
Project Partner:EIC Industrial members
Research field/s:Engineering disciplines / Data science /Social Science

This project aims to develop a new approach to future proof energy and materials feedstock resilience for sustainable aviation fuels supply chain. The dual effects of sustainability and security of energy and critical materials supply will underpin the model development. It will involve a paradigm shift which combines geo-spatial-temporal modelling, prospective life cycle analysis, techno-economic assessment and AI methodologies.

CDT theme:Green hydrogen & sustainable fuels
Lead supervisor:Dr Kevin Hughes, Prof. Lin Ma, Prof. Mohamed Pourkashanian
Project partner:EIC Industrial members
Research field/s:Chemical Engineering

This project aims to improve the understanding of the burning of hydrogen/ammonia/nitrogen blends by the use of a high-pressure shock tube facility to measure ignition delay time as a function of temperature and pressure of various fuel mixtures. In addition, laser diagnostics based on absorption spectroscopy are used to measure intermediate radical time evolution profiles. These experiments will provide data to enable the validation and enhancement of chemical kinetic models of ammonia/hydrogen blend combustion, to be implemented in ANSYS Chemkin-Pro. The outcome will be better chemical kinetic models to give an enhanced understanding of the actual combustion behaviour of hydrogen/ammonia/nitrogen fuel mixes.

CDT theme:Systems integration
Lead supervisor:Prof. Lenny Koh
Project Partner:EIC Industrial members
Research field/s:Engineering disciplines / Data science /Social Science

This project aims to unpack the integrative systemic and symbiotic effect of Carbon Dioxide Removals (CDR) and hydrogen on operational, economic, social, behavioural and environmental performance. Advanced modelling and comparative assessments will identify optimum systems combination leading to a resource efficient outcome. A new model and framework will be developed for the scale up and standardisation of integrative systems of CDR and H2.

CDT theme:Advancing CCUS technologies
Lead supervisor:Prof. Mathieu Lucquiaud, Prof. Jon Gibbins
Project partner:Total Energies
Research field/s:Chemical Engineering

The project aims to design and optimise a novel concept for contacting the combustion gases of gas turbines with solvents used for CO2 capture. It uses a first of a kind prototype system to obtain experimental data, combine the data with process modelling and scale up towards a commercial design. A second application is the removal of carbon dioxide from the air, a core technology of a $3.5 billion US government programme to establish four regional Direct Air Capture hubs across the country.