Jobs and Opportunities

PhD in Chemical Engineering – Advancing facilitated-transport membranes for disruptive carbon dioxide separation

Opportunity type: Postgraduate research
Organisation: Newcastle University
Location: Newcastle, UK
Application Deadline: 31st October 2020
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Start date and duration: 1 January 2020 for 3.5 years.

Overview:

Separation processes account for 10-15% of global energy use. To meet the demands of a low-carbon, net-zero future, separation processes must evolve to become more sustainable, economical and energy-efficient. In principle, membranes can achieve this if they are designed to offer high throughput and high selectivity with long operational lifetimes.

Our curent work is related to supported molten-salt membranes (https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2019/ta/c9ta01979k#!divAbstract), which we recently demonstrated can surpass the targets for economically-competitive membrane CO2 capture (https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2020/ee/c9ee03497h#!divAbstract). By further exploring these membranes we believe we can enable exciting new opportunities in e.g. hydrogen production and direct air capture of CO2. Doing so, the successful candidate will be positioned to become a future leader in industry or academia at the cutting-edge of separation science.

The project will involve the design and synthesis of new high-temperature ceramic membranes and permeation testing in our world-leading gas separation laboratory. In our laboratory and through our extensive collaborative network, the candidate can access innovative characterisation and computational approaches to support their work, including e.g. X-ray computed tomography, density functional theory calculations and in-situ spectroscopic and diffraction methods.

Our research group (https://bit.ly/2FAYnr5) is pioneering, well-funded and active in key UK research consortia (e,g, SynFabFun (https://research.ncl.ac.uk/synfabfun/), CAM-IES (https://www.energy.cam.ac.uk/cam-ies), and H2FC SUPERGEN (http://www.h2fcsupergen.com/)). We regularly present at leading international conferences and publish in top journals. The successful candidate will be supervised by a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow (Dr Greg Mutch) and a Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies (Professor Ian Metcalfe), together representing a supervisory team with the capability to propel the successful candidate towards a career as a future leader.

You can find out more details about the project and how to apply here


Special Issue on: “Solutions for Ultra-Low Temperature Heat Recovery and Utilization”

Opportunity type: Call for journal submissions 
Organisation: Energy journal, published by Elsevier
Location: Online
Application Deadline: December 2020
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More than two thirds of all primary energy is converted into waste heat. Industrial processes in particular are point-source emitters of enormous amounts of ultralow grade heat below 50 °C into the environment ultimately leading to thermal pollution. Nowadays, no thermal process is considered attractive enough to exploit ultralow-grade heat, despite its vast availability. Eventually, there remains a strong need for novel solutions for recovery and utilization of ultralow temperature heat.

This special issue aims at igniting research on efficient solution to exploit ultralow temperature heat and welcomes theoretical and/or experimental research and development across all disciplines and technology readiness levels. Contributions in form of regular research papers on novel efficient heat-to-power technologies, novel efficient heat-to-purification technologies (including water purification), waste and renewable heat recovery and utilization, heat upgrade through heat pumps or alternative technologies and processes, district heating, materials for ultralow grade heat, thermodynamic analyses going beyond well-established practice are appropriate to this special issue. In addition we welcome investigations on ultralow waste heat from data science and from social and political sciences, ideally in combination with engineering research when useful.

Instruction for Submission: 

Contributions in form of regular papers and review papers can be submitted in the Elsevier submission portal under the following short title of this special issue: ULTRALOWHEAT

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ACT3 Call

Opportunity type: Funding call
Organisation: ACT (Accelerating CCS Technologies)
Application Deadline: 10 November 2020 for pre-proposals to stage 1, 15 March 2021 for full proposals to stage 2
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About this funding call

Introduction
Accelerating CCUS Technologies (ACT) is an initiative to facilitate the emergence of CO2 Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) via transnational funding of projects aimed at accelerating and maturing CCUS technology through targeted innovation and research activities. This document establishes the terms of the third ACT call for proposals.
To date there have been two ACT calls, the first (in 2016) was an ERA-Net Cofund which mobilised funds from participating partners and the European Commission and the second call (in 2018) was funded by participating national funding agencies only.
ACT1 – The First Call for ERA-Net Cofund Proposals
The first ACT call (ACT1), saw a total of ten partners from nine European countries join forces and together with top-up funding from the European Commission they made available €37 million for research and innovation actions related to CCUS. There were eight projects funded under the first call. The following countries participated in the first ACT call: Norway (coordinator), Germany, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Turkey and the United Kingdom. In addition, Greece was a founding member of ACT without taking part in the first ACT call. The national funding bodies participating in the first ACT call were supported by funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation
programme under grant agreement No 691712. The ERA-Net Cofund established the transnational initiative, and eight projects were funded under the first call.
ACT2 – The Second Call for Proposals
All nine countries from the previous ACT call invited further Mission Innovation countries to join the second call (Germany, Norway, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom were already part of the Mission Innovation community). France and the United States decided to join the second call. A total of €31.5 million for research and innovation were available, and 12 projects were funded under this call.
ACT3 – The Third Call for Proposals
Following the success of ACT’s first and second calls, the Canadian province of Alberta, Denmark, and Europe’s Nordic Countries via Nordic Energy Research decided to participate in this third call, joining forces with France, Germany, Greece, Norway, Romania, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
All funds will be allocated from national and regional budgets that support research and development as well as pilot and demonstration projects. National and regional funds will support entities from that funding body’s country or region as noted in the specific funding bodies’ rules (Annex 1). In general, however, ACT’s funding bodies do not envisage a transfer of funds between participating countries and regions.
Note: the term CCUS is used to refer to all areas of the CCS/CCUS chain.

Contact: Applications have to be submitted to the Research Council of Norway. Pre-proposals (stage 1) shall be submitted to RCN by email to act-ccs@rcn.noPlease contact the call secretariat if you have any questions.

  • For scientific issues: Dr. Aage Stangeland, the Research Council of Norway (RCN), +47 958 22 903, ast@rcn.no
  • For application and submission issues: Siri Kinge Ovstein, the Research Council of Norway (RCN), +47 2203 7528, sov@rcn.no
  • Preferably, national contact points should be consulted before contacting the call secretariat.

Closing date for receipt of applications: Due date for submission of pre-proposals to stage 1 is 10 November 2020 at 13:00 CET. Due date for submission of full proposals to stage 2 is 15 March 2021 at 13:00 CET.

More information and applicatons on the ACT-CCS website

Special Issue “Sustainability of Carbon Capture and Utilisation”

Opportunity type: Call for journal submissions
Organisation: Sustainability journal, published by MDPI 
Location: Online
Application Deadline: Sunday 31st January 2021
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About this special issue

The ambitious target of net zero-carbon emissions by 2050, agreed by European and other countries, has now made carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) a necessity. There are mature technologies for carbon capture that have already been used for cleaning natural gas or in hydrogen production. However, mature technologies face a range of technical, environmental and economic challenges. This shortcoming is promoting research on new methods and novel technologies to capture and utilise carbon dioxide needed to overcome some of these challenges and tackle the climate change crisis. Therefore, this Special Issue of Sustainability calls for articles on emerging technologies including membranes, calcium looping, catalysed sorbents, algae-based capture, direct air capture, liquefaction and cryogenic separation, and seeks to consolidate the alternative options which face different technological challenges and are at different and/or lower technology readiness levels (TRL). Original and review articles covering the suggested areas are invited for consideration and peer-review for this Special Issue.

  • Mature and novel carbon capture technologies
  • ‘Blue’ hydrogen and CCS
  • Advances on CO2 utilisation
  • Technology assessment: economic, environmental, social
  • Education and training on sustainable carbon capture

Editors:

University Of Chester, Pool Lane, Chester CH2 4NU, UK
Interests: low carbon technologies; carbon capture; CO2 separation methods; process systems engineering
Dr. Abigail González-Díaz
Instituto Nacional de Electricidad y Energías Limpias (INEEL), Palmira 62490, Cuernavaca, Mexico
Interests: CO2 capture; CO2 utilisation, Power Plants; Biomass, Life Cycle Assessment

Closing date for receipt of applications: Sunday 31st January 2021

See manuscript submission information here