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New Chemistry for Carbon Capture and Storage

PGR-P-86

Key facts

Type of research degree
PhD
Application deadline
Ongoing deadline
Country eligibility
UK only
Funding
Competition funded
Additional supervisors
Prof. Chris Rayner
Schools
School of Chemistry
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a key strategy for reducing atmospheric CO2 levels and is essential if we are to meet our climate change targets. Rather than being released into the atmosphere, CO2 produced by large scale industrial processes, is selectively captured, concentrated, and then transported for storage in geologically suitable sites such as saline aquifers and depleted oil wells. However, the capture and concentration of CO2 represents a huge challenge, particularly in terms of scale, given that a large power station can produce over 50,000 tonnes of CO2 per day. Current technology utilises amines such as monoethanolamine (MEA) to selectively capture the CO2, which then on heating liberates almost pure CO2 suitable for storage. However, there remain significant problems with this technology. Firstly, it is very energy intensive and significantly reduces the efficiency of power stations; secondly, the use of MEA is far from ideal as it decomposes over time to give large volumes of potentially hazardous material which will require disposal; and thirdly, it has never been demonstrated on such a large scale. Possible project areas are: &bull; Understanding the reactions responsible for CO2 capture and absorbent (e.g. amine) degradation. &bull; Investigating the role of CCS within Bioenergy with CCS towards negative CO2 emissions. &bull; Developing and understanding new CO2 absorption systems which alleviate many of the problems inherent with MEA. Much of this work is through our spin out company, C-Capture Ltd. which is commercialising our patented technology for carbon dioxide capture.

<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/info/130206/applying/91/applying_for_research_degrees">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;New Chemistry for Carbon Capture and Storage&rsquo;&nbsp;as well as&nbsp;<a href="https://physicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/staff/182/professor-chris-rayner">Prof. Chris Rayner</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. Some schools and faculties have a higher requirement.

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

<p>Academic Fees at Home/EU rate of &pound;4,600 and Maintenance at EPSRC rates of &pound;15,285&nbsp;per year for 3.5 years.&nbsp; Alumni Bursary offering 10% reduction on academic fees for previous University of Leeds graduates.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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

<p>For further information regarding your application, please contact the Doctoral College Admissions by&nbsp;email: <a href="mailto:maps.pgr.admissions@leeds.ac.uk">maps.pgr.admissions@leeds.ac.uk</a> or telephone: +44 (0)113 343 5057.</p> <p>For further information regarding the project, please contact Professor Chris Rayner by email:&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="mailto:C.M.Rayner@leeds.ac.uk">C.M.Rayner@leeds.ac.uk</a></p>


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