Oct 24, 2011

Cardiff School of Chemistry PhD Studentship: Lowering the operating temperature of catalysts for diesel particulat destruction

Reference Number: R722
Closing Date: 31/12/2011
Duration: 3 years
Funding Amount: UK/EU fees plus stipend
Level of Study: Postgraduate Research Regions: EU (Non UK), UK
Key Studentship Information

Project Title: Lowering the operating temperature of catalysts for diesel particulat destruction

Project Description: Current technologies for controlling the emission of particulate from diesel vehicles rely on the reaction of NOx with the carbon content of the particles. However, the exhaust produced by passenger cars is often not hot enough, or does not contain enough NOx, to remove all the particulate. The aim of this project will be to improve the performance of known catalysts for the alternative (but slower) C+O2 reaction, allowing it to take place at typical car-exhaust temperatures. The major challenge will be to understand the mechanism by which gas-phase O2 is activated by the catalyst and transferred to the particulate, before the practical problem of ensuring effective contact between the catalyst and the immobilised particulate can be addressed.

This is a Cardiff University President's Research Scholarship. The award includes full UK/EU tuition fees plus a doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum (£13,590 p.a. for 2010/11, updated each year).

Number of Awards Available: 1

Academic Criteria: Applicants must have a First Class Honours degree or a 2.1 plus a postgraduate Masters degree (or their equivalents) in a relevant subject

Residency: Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open all UK/EU nationals.

How to Apply
Applicants should submit a University application for a PhD in using the Online Application Service: www.cardiff.ac.uk/apply

Further Information
For more information please contact Prof Stan Golunski: GolunskiSE@Cardiff.ac.uk

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