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Minimizing industrial fouling


Key facts

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

Fouling is a major industrial problem where solids/macromolecules accumulate on interior surfaces of process units and ancillaries forming dense layers that are difficult to remove. Food and pharmaceutical, industries in particular must avoid fouling to mitigate cross-contamination. Currently, approaches to clean surfaces are not environmentally friendly and often inefficient (costly and process downtime). A more detailed understanding of molecule-substrate, molecule-molecule interaction is required to better eliminate fouling and minimise the inefficiencies of cleaning. The PhD will be in the Colloids and Polymer Engineering group at the University of Leeds, with access to world-leading research facilities and highly-sophisticated measurement techniques including atomic force microscope, quartz crystal microbalance, optical reflectometry, electron imaging and others. Polymeric/surfactant cleaning agents will be studied and their effect on the formed deposits analysed. The study will lead to a better understanding of the mechanisms controlling deposition, hetero-aggregation and macromolecule removal.

<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="">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;Minimizing industrial fouling&rsquo; as well as&nbsp;<a href="">Dr Javier Fernandez-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=""></a></p> <p>For further information regarding the application procedure, please contact Doctoral College Admissions,<br /> e:&nbsp;<a href=""></a>, t: +44 (0)113 343 5057.</p>

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