Development of catalytic systems for the conversion of mixed solid waste

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

Supervisor – Dr Muxina Konarovam.konarova@uq.edu.au

This project aims to design, optimise and implement a novel multi-step process to produce diesel transportation fuel from mixed waste streams. Mixed waste pyrolysis produces the lowest quality oil, not compatible with transportation fuel infrastructure . The key problem with the conventional pyrolysis is the poor control over pyrolysis intermediate vapours. In this project, we aim to use multifunctional, nanostructured catalysts to achieve direct control over product selectivity and engineer specific porosity to match the chemical and physical properties of pyrolysis vapours. Coupling of such catalysts in a cascade will enable progressive and controlled deoxygenation and chain-growth; such a waste-to-fuels process will mitigate landfill waste in Australia and provide a locally  sourced/generated high value drop-in energy product.

Preferred educational background

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant's previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

A working knowledge of CO2 conversion, ASPEN process simulation experience and fluidized bed reactor experience would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of chemical engineering, sustainable energy and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of process engineering is highly desirable.

*The successful candidate must commence by Research Quarter 3, 2022. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date. International applicants may need to apply much earlier for visa reasons.

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