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Biodiesel production from waste cooking oil using novel catalyst

PGR-P-402

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>

The policy of reducing fuel consumption, together with the increasing awareness on environmental concerns, have prompted extensive research worldwide on alternative fuel development, and an improvement in the performance of existing engines. Biofuel production from waste has a promising outlook for this purpose and recent research has shown that catalytic production is the way forward for an efficient production at commercial scales. Current challenges in this respect are efficiency of catalysts for the waste biomass with different level of impurities as well as stability and reusability of catalysts during long process runs while ensuring the desired properties of produced fuel. In this project waste cooking oil with different impurities will be used as a cheap feedstock for the production of biodiesel using novel magnetically separable catalysts. Novel functionalised magnetic nano catalysts will be synthetized and characterised. The efficiency of nano catalysts as well as their stability and their effect on the properties of produced biodiesel via a continuous reaction will be investigated in details. The project will be done in collaboration with industry.

<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="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/chemical-engineering-research-degrees/doc/apply">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;Biodiesel production from waste cooking oil using novel catalyst&rsquo;&nbsp;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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