Research project to investigate and develop a new microwave plasma process for nitrogen fixation

Get paid to do a Masters with the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation at Lancaster University (The Sunday Times' University of the Year 2018) and C-Tech Innovation.

1 Year Enterprise-led Funded Masters by Research, Ref. No.109

  • Get paid £15,000 tax-free
  • Have you tuition fees reduced. Your partner company pays £2,000 towards your fees, meaning UK/EU students pay £2,260, and International students pay £15,945.
  • Be part of the multi award winning Centre for Global Eco-Innovation with a cohort of 50 talented graduates working on exciting business-led R&D.
  • The Centre is based at Lancaster University, so you will gain your Masters from a Top Ten University, recognised as The Sunday Times University of the Year 2018.
  • Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas.

The Project

Nitrogen fixation for fertiliser production is a huge global industry but is one that is overly reliant on large plants, expensive reactors and huge natural gas reserves. As a result the industry sector contributes significantly to the production of greenhouse gases and therefore climate change.  There is therefore the potential  need to  develop small-scale plant that could provide an alternative route to the manufacture of these vital commodity products locally,  utilising low carbon energy sources.

In this project you will explore and develop the application of C-Tech Innovation’s Atmospheric Pressure Non-Equilibrium Plasma (APNEP) technology for the fixation of atmospheric nitrogen.    The aim of the project is to investigate the parameters that affect the conversion  of  nitrogen to nitrogen oxide and to optimise them in order to maximise the efficiency of the conversion process.    You will characterise the optimised process in terms of  production rates and energy efficiency.  You will then use the  results of  this  study to make considered estimates for the development potential of a low cost, modular process plant powered by low carbon energy,

Working with academics in Lancaster University’s Chemical Engineering department and with C-Tech Innovation, you will work on characterising the APNEP system. This will be achieved by undertaking practical work at C-Tech Innovation, based near Chester, and conducting the analysis work at Lancaster University. Understanding gained through this project will be much in demand as industries look more closely at their greenhouse gas emissions and move towards clean growth.

The project degree fees are sponsored, and you are paid a stipend whilst undertaking the research.

This project would suit a chemist with an aptitude for chemical analysis and practical experimental development. Applicants should have degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or similar.

Enterprise and collaborative partners

This Masters by Research is a collaborative research project between Lancaster University with supervision by Prof. Alastair Martin, Dr. Nuno Bimbo, Dr. Richard Dawson and C-Tech Innovation.

C-Tech Innovation is one of the UK’s most successful integrated research, technology and innovation organisations. Their unparalleled experience in electrochemical and electrothermal technologies coupled with a multidisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and technicians makes them industry leaders in electrochemical engineering and advanced thermal processing.

This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is subject to confirmation of funding. For further information about the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation please see our website.

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This project is part funded by the European Regional development Fund and is subject to confirmation of funding. For further information about the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, please see our website.

Application deadline

Deadline: 23rd September 2018

Start dates in October 18 or January 19 available