3 Year Industry-led Funded PhD: Ref. No. CGE28

Low energy water quality monitoring of toxic metals

An exciting and challenging research programme in collaboration with Process Instruments (UK) Ltd, and based in the Department of Chemistry will investigate low energy solutions to toxic metal monitoring for the water industry. The separation technique of isotachophoresis will be applied to eliminate the need for costly and short shelf-life chemical reagents usually associated with on-line toxic metal measurements in the field. Such a reduction in instrument service interval could save up to 1320kg of CO2 for a single heavy metals analyser.

The partners seek a high achieving graduate in chemistry, or a closely related subject, with a keen interest in analytical measurements, environmental monitoring, and industrial instrumentation. The successful candidate will be self-motivated, dynamic and a team player who will strengthen the partnership between the sponsoring company and the academic department. The principal objective of this exciting research project will be to foster high quality academic research that leads to an innovative solution to the reduction of energy consumption simultaneously with the development of a new product range for Process Instruments (UK) Ltd.

For further information, contact Professor Peter Fielden, Department of Chemistry at Lancaster University, p.fielden@lancaster.ac.uk.  Applications must be made by following instructions on this advert.

Industry Partner

This doctoral research project will be supervised by Lancaster University and Process Instruments (UK) Ltd. Process Instruments (UK) Ltd develops and manufactures analysers and controllers for the water and related industries. The company is a high growth, high-tech, manufacturing enterprise with 23 employees, which has been growing at over 15% p.a. over 7 years.  The company exports more than 50% of its turnover and is accredited to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001.

Why Apply?

By joining the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation you will:

  • Receive £15,000 tax free per year
  • Have your postgraduate tuition fees paid for by your partner business, worth c£4,195/year (fees for Non EU/UK graduates are subsidised from £17,510/year to £13,315/year. See university website for published rates by year of entry)
  • Become part of a cohort of graduates working with an award-winning team on business-led R&D
  • Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas.


Application Deadline

This project has been recruited.

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

This doctoral research project is one of a cohort of industry-led funded research projects from the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, an international alliance supporting university-business collaboration. The Centre delivers high quality, business-led research to create eco-innovative technologies, products and services.

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation manages the Low Carbon Lancashire Innovation Hub (LoCaL-i), part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

At the heart of the Centre are people who are researching, developing and innovating to address global challenges, including energy, water, natural capital, resource efficiency, food, and waste, to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits. Launched in 2012 the Centre and has won two national awards for its ground breaking approach to sustainable R&D and knowledge exchange.


How to apply

This project has been recruited.