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Innovative applications for radiofrequency heating

PGR-P-400

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>

Recently radiofrequency heating has been successfully used in fine chemistry and pharmacy considering the main advantages of avoidance of hot spots, very high heat transfer rate from inside out and easy separation of magnetic catalysts by external magnet. The aim of this project is to widen the applications for radiofrequency heating in high profile research areas such as cancer treatment and biorefinery. Considering biorefinery, it could be used for biodiesel production with detailed control temperature in order to achieve high selectivity and conversion. Continuous flow operation with radiofrequency heating will enable the optimisation of the reaction conditions. As for cancer treatment, magnetic nanoparticles focalised on the heart of the tumour will be the unique resource for radiofrequency heating to gradually burn it. The synthesis, development and enhancement of these magnetic catalysts will be carried out and characterised. The focus will be on core-shell nanoparticles which will allow us to have a magnetic core with a catalytic shell for biorefinery or an aminoacid shell for cancer treatment. They will be tested with different radiofrequency heating set-ups.

<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;Innovative applications for radiofrequency heating&rsquo; as well as&nbsp;<a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/staff/1298/Dr_Javier_Fernandez-Garcia">Dr Javier Fernandez-Garcia</a>&nbsp;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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