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Our Energy programmes allow you to specialise in areas such as bio-energy, novel geo-energy, sustainable power, fuel cell and hydrogen technologies, power electronics, drives and machines, and the sustainable development and use of key resources. Read more
Our Energy programmes allow you to specialise in areas such as bio-energy, novel geo-energy, sustainable power, fuel cell and hydrogen technologies, power electronics, drives and machines, and the sustainable development and use of key resources.

We can supervise MPhil projects in topics that relate to our main areas of research, which are:

Bio-energy

Our research spans the whole supply chain:
-Growing novel feedstocks (various biomass crops, algae etc)
-Processing feedstocks in novel ways
-Converting feedstocks into fuels and chemical feedstocks
-Developing new engines to use the products

Cockle Park Farm has an innovative anaerobic digestion facility. Work at the farm will develop, integrate and exploit technologies associated with the generation and efficient utilisation of renewable energy from land-based resources, including biomass, biofuel and agricultural residues.

We also develop novel technologies for gasification and pyrolysis. This large multidisciplinary project brings together expertise in agronomy, land use and social science with process technologists and engineers and is complemented by molecular studies on the biology of non-edible oilseeds as sources for production of biodiesel.

Novel geo-energy

New ways of obtaining clean energy from the geosphere is a vital area of research, particularly given current concerns over the limited remaining resources of fossil fuels.

Newcastle University has been awarded a Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher Education for its world-renowned Hydrogeochemical Engineering Research and Outreach (HERO) programme. Building on this record of excellence, the Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research seeks to place the North East at the forefront of research in ground-source heat pump systems, and other larger-scale sources of essentially carbon-free geothermal energy, and developing more responsible modes of fossil fuel use.

Our fossil fuel research encompasses both the use of a novel microbial process, recently patented by Newcastle University, to convert heavy oil (and, by extension, coal) to methane, and the coupling of carbon capture and storage (CCS) to underground coal gasification (UCG) using directionally drilled boreholes. This hybrid technology (UCG-CCS) is exceptionally well suited to early development in the North East, which still has 75% of its total coal resources in place.

Sustainable power

We undertake fundamental and applied research into various aspects of power generation and energy systems, including:
-The application of alternative fuels such as hydrogen and biofuels to engines and dual fuel engines
-Domestic combined heat and power (CHP) and combined cooling, heating and power (trigeneration) systems using waste vegetable oil and/or raw inedible oils
-Biowaste methanisation
-Biomass and biowaste combustion, gasification
-Biomass co-combustion with coal in thermal power plants
-CO2 capture and storage for thermal power systems
-Trigeneration with novel energy storage systems (including the storage of electrical energy, heat and cooling energy)
-Engine and power plant emissions monitoring and reduction technology
-Novel engine configurations such as free-piston engines and the reciprocating Joule cycle engine

Fuel cell and hydrogen technologies

We are recognised as world leaders in hydrogen storage research. Our work covers the entire range of fuel cell technologies, from high-temperature hydrogen cells to low-temperature microbial fuel cells, and addresses some of the complex challenges which are slowing the uptake and impact of fuel cell technology.

Key areas of research include:
-Biomineralisation
-Liquid organic hydrides
-Adsorption onto solid phase, nano-porous metallo-carbon complexes

Sustainable development and use of key resources

Our research in this area has resulted in the development and commercialisation of novel gasifier technology for hydrogen production and subsequent energy generation.

We have developed ways to produce alternative fuels, in particular a novel biodiesel pilot plant that has attracted an Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) AspenTech Innovative Business Practice Award.

Major funding has been awarded for the development of fuel cells for commercial application and this has led to both patent activity and highly-cited research. Newcastle is a key member of the SUPERGEN Fuel Cell Consortium. Significant developments have been made in fuel cell modelling, membrane technology, anode development and catalyst and fuel cell performance improvements.

Facilities

As a postgraduate student you will be based in the Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research. Depending on your chosen area of study, you may also work with one or more of our partner schools, providing you with a unique and personally designed training and supervision programme.

You have access to:
-A modern open-plan office environment
-A full range of chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and marine engineering laboratories
-Dedicated desk and PC facilities for each student within the research centre or partner schools

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The Advanced Process Engineering programme advances students’ knowledge in process engineering by focusing on an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of key chemical and industrial processes and on their application and translation to practice. Read more

The Advanced Process Engineering programme advances students’ knowledge in process engineering by focusing on an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of key chemical and industrial processes and on their application and translation to practice.

You will encounter the latest technologies available to the process industries and will be exposed to a broad range of crucial operations. Hands-on exposure is our key to success.

The programme uses credit accumulation and offers advanced modules covering a broad range of modern process engineering, technical and management topics.

Core study areas include applied engineering practice, downstream processing, research and communication, applied heterogeneous catalysis and a research project.

The research project is conducted over two semesters and involves individual students working closely with a member of the academic staff on a topic of current interest. Recent examples, include water purification by advanced oxidation processes, affinity separation of metals, pesticides and organics from drinking water, biodiesel processing and liquid mixing in pharmaceutical reactors.

See the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/chemical/advanced-process-engineering/

Programme modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1:

- Applied Engineering Practice

- Downstream Processing

- Research and Communication

Semester 2:

- Applied Heterogeneous Catalysis

Semester 1 and 2:

- MSc Project

Optional Modules (select four)

Semester 1:

- Chemical Product Design

- Colloid Engineering and Nano-science

- Filtration

- Hazard Identification and Risk Management

Semester 2:

- Mixing of Fluids and Particles

- Advanced Computational Methods for Modelling

Careers and further study

Our graduates go on to work with companies such as 3M, GE Water, GL Noble Denton, GSK, Kraft Food, Tata Steel Group, Petroplus, Shell, Pharmaceutical World and Unilever. Some students further their studies by enrolling on a PhD programme.

Why choose chemical engineering at Loughborough?

The Department of Chemical Engineering at Loughborough University is a highly active, research intensive community comprising 21 full time academic staff, in addition to research students, postdoctoral research fellows and visitors, drawn from all over the world.

Our research impacts on current industrial and societal needs spanning, for example, the commercial production of stem cells, disinfection of hospital wards, novel drug delivery methods, advanced water treatment and continuous manufacturing of pharmaceutical products.

- Facilities

The Department has excellent quality laboratories and services for both bench and pilot scale work, complemented by first-rate computational and IT resources, and supported by mechanical and electronic workshops.

- Research

The Department has a strong and growing research programme with world-class research activities and facilities. Given the multidisciplinary nature of our research we work closely with other University departments across the campus as well as other institutions. The Departments research is divided into six key areas of interdisciplinary research and sharing of expertise amongst groups within the Department is commonplace.

- Career Prospects

The Department has close working relationships with AstraZeneca, BP, British Sugar, Carlsberg, E.ON, Exxon, GlaxoSmithKline, PepsiCo and Unilever to name but a few of the global organisations we work with and employ our graduates.

Find out how to apply here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/chemical/advanced-process-engineering/



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The need for sustainable development is a global concern. This flexible Masters degree prepares you to address the challenges faced in safeguarding the planet’s ecosystems in a fast developing world. Read more

The need for sustainable development is a global concern. This flexible Masters degree prepares you to address the challenges faced in safeguarding the planet’s ecosystems in a fast developing world.

This programme is ideal if you want a career in the environmental field, in the private, public, or not-for-profit sectors. It can be taken as an MA or MSc depending on your dissertation topic.

You will be based within one of the largest groups of environmental scientists in the UK and will be taught by world-leading researchers from our three internationally-renowned partner organisations: Lancaster Environment Centre, Rothamsted Research and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, which has a government laboratory at Lancaster. Their expertise spans a wide range of disciplines in the natural and social sciences including the sustainable use of resources, food security, energy, water and soil science, political ecology and environmental pollution.

You will complete six taught modules and a dissertation research project, with individual supervision from a research active expert. We offer great flexibility with over 40 modules to choose from, spanning the natural and social sciences from sustainable soil management and conservation biology to environmental law and globalisation. This enables you to construct a degree that fits your interests and career ambitions and to put your learning in a wider cultural context.

You will gain a solid foundation in the key theoretical issues around environment and development. You will apply this learning to real-world problems and gain the practical problem solving skills valued by employers. Hands-on experience in the laboratory is complemented by field work opportunities in the beautiful and topographically varied countryside around Lancaster and internationally. There are also opportunities to gain work experience through one of our many business and research partners.

Your dissertation forms a substantial part of your Masters degree and will enhance your practical and analytical skills and give you the opportunity to apply your learning to a rea- world challenge. Our many research projects and partners across the globe provide exciting fieldwork opportunities when you are choosing your dissertation subject.

Examples of previous dissertation topics are:

  • Quantifying Biological Control in Arable Crops
  • Amending DECC 2050 Pathways to Include Hydrogen for Energy Storage in Suitable Applications
  • Solar Parks to Double Crop Food and Energy from the Same Land?
  • The Role of Ecosystem Service Concepts in Reconnecting or Disconnecting People from Nature
  • Spatial Heterogeneity in the Size-Structure of the Zooplankton Community of a Eutrophic Lake
  • Waste Water Treatment in Vegetable Processing - New Technologies in Reducing Chemical Demands Used in Treating Portable Water
  • Spent Coffee Grounds as an Alternative Energy Feedstock for Biodiesel Production
  • Urban Poverty and Climate Change


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How can you design a slow-release drug system and produce it in sufficient amounts? How can we make biodiesel from the Jatropha plant? How can we use waste products for pharmaceutical purposes?. Read more
How can you design a slow-release drug system and produce it in sufficient amounts? How can we make biodiesel from the Jatropha plant? How can we use waste products for pharmaceutical purposes?

These are some of the interesting questions you will be able to answer once you have completed the Master's degree programme in Chemical Engineering in Groningen.

The two-year programme offers two specialisations:
- Product Technology
- Water Technology

The latter specialisation in Water Technology is offered in collaboration with other institutions skilled in this field of expertise: two other Dutch universities and the Wetsus Academy.

Why in Groningen?

- Chemical Engineers from Groningen are known for their flexibility and all-round skills
- Chemistry field in Groningen has CHE Excellence Label
- A lot of graduates make a career at major companies

Job perspectives

Chemical engineers from the University of Groningen are known for their flexibility and all-round skills. As a graduate, you could choose a career in a company like Corus, DSM, Akzo Nobel or Philips. Major IT companies are also keen to recruit chemical engineers from Groningen. Job possibilities in the region are expanding rapidly. Groningen is developing new industry and there is a high demand for well-trained new staff. You could also decide on a research position at a university.

Job examples

- Work for multinationals like Philips and Akzo Nobel
- Work for a major IT company
- PhD research position

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The Faculty of Engineering and Science offers advanced research training opportunities across a broad range of subject areas, including chemical, pharmaceutical, biomedical, environmental and sports sciences. Read more
The Faculty of Engineering and Science offers advanced research training opportunities across a broad range of subject areas, including chemical, pharmaceutical, biomedical, environmental and sports sciences. The research activities within the Department are supported by state of the art analytical and computer facilities.

Upon acceptance to a programme, students normally register initially for an MPhil, and at the end of the first year, the student is examined by viva voce for consideration for transfer to PhD. Upon completion of the Doctoral training, students are ideally equipped to work in an academic or industrial research environment.

Recent research project topics include:

- Solar energy conversion

- Synthesis of biologically active molecules

- Fragment-based drug discovery

- In situ monitoring of chemical reactions

- Treatment of contaminated soils by accelerated carbonation

- Production of novel silicate-based sorbents

- Integrated production of biodiesel from oilseed rape

- Pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases

- Bioremediation and composting technologies

- Expert Cognition and Training

The aims of the programme are:

- To develop, create and interpret new knowledge, through original research or other advanced scholarship, of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline, and merit publication

- To systematically acquire an understanding of a substantial body of knowledge which is at the forefront of an academic discipline or area of professional practice

- To demonstrate the ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline, and to adjust the project design in the light of unforeseen problems

- To show a detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/res/scires

What you'll study

Research areas may include:

- Materials analysis
- Molecular spectroscopy, Advanced spectral analysis
- Biomaterials
- Formulation chemistry, Biophysical chemistry
- Pharmaceutical science
- Gene therapy
- Biochemistry, Cell biology
- Forensic science
- Environmental geochemistry
- Sports science and human performance
- Applied cognitive science

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

- Postgraduate finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/pg)
- International students' finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/international)

Assessment

Students are assessed through their thesis and an oral examination.

Career options

Graduates from this programme can pursue careers in industry, government and academia.

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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