Green And Sustainable Resources For Advanced Biotechnical Applications

Get paid to do a PhD with the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation at Lancaster University. 

A funded PhD linked with Biotech Ltd Ref. No. LU-020
  • Be part of the multi award winning Centre for Global Eco-Innovation within a cohort of talented graduates working on exciting business-led research. The Centre was declared “The outstanding knowledge exchange and commercialisation initiative in the UK”. 

  • This project is based at Lancaster University, so you will gain your PhD from a Top Ten University, recognised as The Times and Sunday Times University of the Year 2018 and International University of the Year 2020. You will also work alongside colleagues at partner institutions across the North West. 

  • Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas.  

  • Get paid £1,455 per month tax-free till June 2023. 

  • Your UK/EU tuition fees are paid (international candidates will need to pay remaining fees). 

Biotech Services Ltd is based in Cheshire. The company uses extracted organic production waste and reuses methane for electricity and heat generation for use with biotech, liquid fertiliser and water applications. This allows large amounts of waste to be diverted from landfill.

Projects include the development of biodegradable packaging materials, enhanced pretreatment technologies to increase energy yields from the waste, development of Bespoke bacteria for different waste applications, the development of gas upgrading technologies to enable the gas to be used in vehicles or supply directly to the gas pipelines 

The research aims to expand on Biotech’s expertise on the valorisation of agricultural waste at each step in the processing pathway (green/white biotechnology). Currently, tomato plant waste undergoes multiple extraction and purification processes by Biotech, generating a large variety of biomolecules (e.g. biopolymers/metabolites) that can be utilised for novel biotechnological applications (e.g. feed-stocks for materials science [packaging, PPE] white/red biotech).   

This will improve our understanding the remaining constituents of the agricultural waste and allow exploitation of the natural/sustainable biopolymers and biomolecules for various applications (e.g. biodegradable packing/PPE, anticancer/anti-amyloid compounds, etc). 

The successful candidate will have an upper second or first class degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Material Sciences, Natural Sciences or related discipline. 

This project will be supervised by Dr John Hardy- Senior Lecturer, Chemistry, Lancaster University and Dr Mike Roberts– Senior Lecturer, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University. 

Deadline: EXTENDED to Thursday 24th September 2020

Start: October 2020 /ASAP

This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund. 

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