PhD Studentship: New Membranes for Molecular Separations in Chemical and Pharmaceuticals Manufacture

Imperial College London

PhD opportunity at Imperial College                            

Latest Start Date: 1 April 2018

Duration: 36 Months, starting in April 2018

Location: South Kensington Campus

Supervisor: Professor Andrew G Livingston

We are seeking a highly-motivated candidate for a PhD position within the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London for a new project on ultra-stable membranes for molecular separations in high temperature solvent systems, supervised by Professor Andrew Livingston (Imperial) and the project will be carried out in collaboration with Professor Susana Nunes at KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology).

The successful PhD candidate will undertake research into novel polymeric membranes, specifically organic solvent nanofiltration (OSN) membranes, which are capable of stable operation and purification of  high value products at elevated temperatures and challenging acidic and basic conditions in organic solvents. He/she will undertake experimental work on preparing novel support membranes and functionalising them, fabricating both free standing and supported thin polyarylate and other polymer films and investigating changes in microporosity with temperature. Work will involve scale-up and testing and experimental work will be complemented by process design and simulation work.

The project is a collaboration between Imperial College and KAUST, and will involve interactions with KAUST researchers and some time visiting the KAUST facility. The project is ideally suited to a Chemical Engineering or related disciplines student who seeks to carry out cutting edge research into new separations technology; is ambitious about using technical advances to reduce energy consumption and improve the sustainability of chemical processing, and who has an interest in the chemical and pharmaceuticals area. Further information on the Group’s research can be found at

In order to be considered for this PhD post, you must have a first class or high 2.1 degree. You must be highly motivated and be able to work independently and part of an interdisciplinary international team. Applicants must demonstrate their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English.

The studentship will cover tuition fees plus the standard maintenance stipend of £16,553 (this year’s rate) per annum.

If you are interested and can offer the right background, please send your CV via email as soon as possible and no later than 14 February 2018 to:

Professor Andrew Livingston, Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College, London SW7 2AZ We also welcome informal enquiries about the opportunity.

NOTE: Please make sure that in the subject heading of the email you include “PhD CRG Programme Application”

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