Smart Separations Ltd

3 Year Industry-led Funded PhD: Ref. No. 46

Novel electrochemical methods for the production of cleaning agents to use in air purification

Smart Separations Ltd (SSL) has developed a proprietary filter that can be tailored to suit many different applications in the underdeveloped, yet global microfiltration industry. This filter will provide a more controlled, versatile, and low-cost solution for several industries including stem cell research, air filtration, and even drink processing.

This PhD project will investigate electrochemical generation of gaseous cleaning/oxidising agents, and aims to develop an electrochemical cell that can be integrated in an air-purification unit. One of the main areas of the project will be the electrochemical production of gases, with research focussing on optimising the design of the cell, by looking at different electrolytes, electrode materials, reaction mechanisms, and investigating the capture and degradation of the gases. The highly efficient gas generation cell is the basis of the chamber that will be incorporated in an air purifying unit developed by the industrial partner. This project would be suited for a Chemical Engineering, Materials Science or Chemistry graduate with laboratory experience and ideally some background on electrochemical science and engineering.

Industry Partner

SSL are a young vibrant and exciting start-up company looking for new talent that can grow with our highly valuable company. Our ambition is to be the world’s leader in microfiltration and particle separations technology – filling the void gap that exists in the market nowadays. Our mission is to “improve quality of life through innovation” in the areas of health, the environment and human causes. Our work can make a truly global impact and this role is key to making this possible.

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 £4,195/year (fees for Non EU/UK graduates are subsidised from £17,510/year to £13,315/year at 2016 rates)
  • 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.

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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.

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.