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CO2 capture with radiofrequency heating

PGR-P-397

Key facts

Type of research degree
PhD
Application deadline
Sunday 31 May 2020
Country eligibility
International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
Funding
Non-funded
Supervisors
Dr Javier Fernandez-Garcia
Schools
School of Chemical and Process Engineering
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

Since all the UK&rsquo;s industrial activities need to reduce carbon emissions 57 % by 2030 on 1990 levels as part of the &ldquo;fifth carbon budget&rdquo;, decreasing the cost of carbon capture technologies is an important concern for all energy intensive sectors. Particularly power generation plants could divert the extra electricity during night-time for CO2 capture at high emitter industrial sites, assisted with radiofrequency heating using the lower nocturnal price rates. Radiofrequency heating is a greener and innovative technology which can contribute to the heating needed for the adsorption-desorption cycles of solid, low cost CO2 sorbents which require high temperatures of 600 and 800 oC respectively, considering a magnetic material as the heating source. This material could be the own reactor or the catalyst support in the energy intensive chemical industries (refineries, hydrogen and ammonia plants, steel and cement plants). Normally these plants will have emissions from coal, naphtha, or methane, so the CO2 concentration will be around 15-40 % in the feedstream, posing fuel specific challenges in the capture process. The development of magnetic catalyst will be studied for optimisation of the whole process, so the heating released will be a great advantage for the whole energy balance. CaO based sorbents will be considered but other alternatives could be also studied.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<p>The earliest start date for this project is 1 October 2020.</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.leeds.ac.uk/rsa/prospective_students/apply/I_want_to_apply.html">University&#39;s website</a>. Please state clearly in the research information section&nbsp;that the research degree you wish to be considered for is &lsquo;CO2 capture with radiofrequency heating&rsquo; as well as&nbsp;<a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/staff/1298/Dr_Javier_Fernandez-Garcia">Dr Javier Fernadez-Garcia</a> as your proposed supervisor.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University&#39;s minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p><em>We welcome 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.</em></p>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

Applicants to research degree programmes should normally have at least a first class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. The criteria for entry for some research degrees may be higher, for example, several faculties, also require a Masters degree. Applicants are advised to check with the relevant School prior to making an application. Applicants who are uncertain about the requirements for a particular research degree are advised to contact the School or Graduate School prior to making an application.

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid.

<h2 class="heading">Funding on offer</h2>

<p>Self- or Externally-Funded candidates are welcomed to apply.</p> <p>An Alumni Bursary, offering a 10% reduction in fees or portion of fees&nbsp;paid through your own funds, is available to University of Leeds graduates.</p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information regarding this&nbsp;project, please contact Javier Fernandez-Garcia,<br /> e:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:J.FernandezGarcia@leeds.ac.uk">J.FernandezGarcia@leeds.ac.uk</a></p> <p>For further information regarding the application procedure, please contact Doctoral College Admissions,<br /> e:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:phd@engineering.leeds.ac.uk">phd@engineering.leeds.ac.uk</a>, t: +44 (0)113 343 5057.</p>


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