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Chemical Engineering MSc by Research


Course Description

Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Chemical Engineering at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

From authoring definitive text books on chemical engineering to finding solutions to the world's water shortages, Swansea University has a proud tradition of delivering pioneering innovative process engineering solutions. As we have a wide range of research in chemical engineering, Swansea University provides an excellent base for your research as an MSc by Research student in Chemical Engineering.

Key Features

There is a wide range of research in chemical engineering at Swansea University. This includes:

Membrane separation
Biochemical engineering
Biomanufacturing
Engineering applications of nanotechnology
Bioengineering, biomedical engineering
Cell and tissue engineering
Colloid science and engineering
Desalination
Pharmaceutical engineering
Polymer engineering
Rheology
Separation processes
Transport processes
Water and wastewater engineering

The MSc by Research Chemical Engineering at Swansea University provides an opportunity to work with a member of academic staff in one of the above, or related, area of research.

Recent theses supervised in the area of Chemical Engineering at Swansea University include:

Improved extraction, purification and elucidation of fungal bioactive compounds
Understanding the role of charge and charge development in nanofiltration and reverse osmosis membranes
Rheology of sputum
Investigation of freeze concentration technology for innovative separations
Rheological aspects and modelling of blood flow during coagulation
Improved extraction, purification and elucidation of fungal bioactive compounds
Mathematical modelling of lungs and membrane mass exchangers
Investigation of freeze concentration technology for innovative separations
Deep bed filtration: modelling, assessment and impact of novel filtration materials
Downstream processing of marine algae
Hybrid Ion-Exchange and Nanofiltration process
Enhancement of membrane flux and properties by ozone and advanced oxidation processes for water treatment
Understanding the role of charge and charge development in nanofiltration and reverse osmosis membranes
Boron removal from seawater
Novel ozonation system for the removal of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs): pilot plant studies
Development of nanoparticle systems for the treatment of biofilm.
The development of a controlled environmental system for the advanced characterisation of endometrial cells
Atomic force microscopy study of the interaction of nanoparticles with cells
The production of novel wound healing scaffolds using electrospinning and immobilisation of nanoparticles
Micro and Nano particle drug delivery systems
A direct method for the production of pharmaceutical nanoparticles
Establishment of the Centre for Nanohealth: a comparison of nanotechnology centres
The optimisation of tissue regeneration for bone grafts

Links with industry

One of the major strengths of Chemical Engineering at Swansea University is the close and extensive involvement with local, national and international engineering companies. The companies include:

Acordis
Astra Zeneca
Avecia
BP Chemicals
Bulmers
Dow Corning
GlaxoSmithKline
Nestle
Murco
Phillips 66
Unilever
Valero

Research

Research in Chemical Engineering at Swansea is located within the Systems and Process Engineering Research Centre which has a number of focused research groups including the Centre for Water Advanced Technologies and Environmental Research (CWATER), the Centre for Complex Fluids Processing and the Multidisciplinary Nanotechnology Centre.

The Centre for Water Advanced Technologies and Environmental Research (CWATER) is an internationally leading centre of excellence for the development of advanced technologies in water treatment. The Centre benefits from world-leading expertise in the areas of desalination and membrane technologies for water treatment.

The Centre for Complex Fluids Processing is internationally recognised for its leading and innovative research on the processing of complex fluids which is a major feature of modern industry. Such fluids are extremely diverse in origin and composition - ranging, for example, from fermentation broths and food products to inks and mineral slurries. However, underlying this diversity are certain properties that must be understood if the processing is to be effective and efficient. These include flow behaviour in process equipment, how the components of the fluid determine its overall properties and how individual components may be selectively separated.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranks Engineering at Swansea as 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines.

Facilities

Our new home at the innovative Bay Campus provides some of the best university facilities in the UK, in an outstanding location.

Swansea University has resources specific to Chemical Engineering.

Visit the Chemical Engineering MSc by Research page on the Swansea University website for more details!

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M2A Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Carbon Footprinting the World’s Most Sustainable House - Single Award

Applications are invited for an M2A (Materials & Manufacturing Academy) funded MSc by Research in Engineering.We are developing MI-PAD®, the most thermally-efficient and sustainable house the world has ever seen, that rethinks and re-engineers every aspect of traditional home construction. It requires no footings or concrete and quite literally screws into the ground. The whole three-bedroomed house is delivered on four trucks and can be assembled on-site in just one day with 50 totally-unique features which challenge the construction status quo. It is perfect for hot or cold climates, and its innovative screw system means it also floats, which makes it ideal for flood-prone areas. It uses ten times less energy for heating and cooling than a standard house.The timing for the potential market for MI-PAD® fits with a growing and changing market for housing in the UK - there is a need for new lower cost construction methods, innovative building solutions with lower energy bills and the requirement for more housing.With new construction techniques and philosophies emerging, the aim of the project will be to compare the carbon footprint of a traditional house against that of a MI-PAD house. This study will not only review typical areas such as insulation and thermal comparisons but also the impact of the construction process. This will include assessing items such as;Site
Labour
Engineering
Transport
Demolition
Reversing the site back to green field. The successful candidate is expected to start their studentship in September 2016.

Value of Scholarship(s)

UK/EU tuition fees plus a stipend of £12,500 p.a.

Eligibility

Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience.This project would ideally suit an individual with a background in Life Cycle Analysis, Materials Engineering, Environmental Engineering or similar.Please visit our website for more information on eligibility criteria.

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more information.

Further Information

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/engineering-m2a-msc-research-carbon-footprinting.php


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M2A Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Integrating Buildings as Power Stations into the World’s Most Sustainable House - Single Award

Applications are invited for an M2A (Materials & Manufacturing Academy) funded MSc by Research in Engineering.We are developing MI-PAD®, the most thermally-efficient and sustainable house the world has ever seen, that rethinks and reengineers every aspect of traditional home construction. It requires no footings or concrete and quite literally screws into the ground. The whole three-bedroomed house is delivered on four trucks and can be assembled on-site in just one day with 50 totally-unique features which challenge the construction status quo. It is perfect for hot or cold climates. Its innovative screw system means it also floats, which makes it ideal for flood-prone areas. It uses ten times less energy for heating and cooling than a standard house.The timing for the potential market for MI-PAD® fits with a growing and changing market for housing in the UK - there is a need for new lower cost construction methods, innovative building solutions with lower energy bills and the requirement for more housing.With advances in renewable energy the concept of off grid homes is becoming a reality giving rise to ‘buildings as power stations’. This concept utilises green energy to power and heat homes. However, the challenge for this is not only about how you generate energy but also how you store and release it at times where demand exists. The aim of this project will be to investigate the potential for the integration of ‘buildings as power stations’ technologies into the MI-PAD concept and prototypes. This will include the potential for:Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV)
Solar-thermal heat generation and storage
Electricity storage and release
Rainwater treatment and reuse
The successful candidate is expected to start their studentship in January 2017.The Athena SWAN Charter recognises work undertaken by institutions to advance gender equality. The College of Engineering is an Athena SWAN bronze award holder and is committed to addressing unequal gender representation.

Value of Scholarship(s)

UK/EU tuition fees, plus a generous tax free stipend of £12,500.

Eligibility

Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience.The suitable candidate would have a background in systems/electrical engineering or equivalent background in integrating sustainable energy into construction. Please visit our website for more information on eligibility criteria.

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more information: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/engineering-m2a-msc-research-integrating-buildings-power-stations.php

Further Information

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/engineering-m2a-msc-research-integrating-buildings-power-stations.php


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100 Swansea University Master's Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Swansea University is offering 100 Master’s Scholarships, each worth £3000 towards tuition fees for UK/EU students starting eligible master’s courses in September 2017.Eligible courses include:All LLM programmes (including LLM by Research)All MA programmes (including MA by Research)All MRes programmesAll MSc programmes (including MSc by Research)Please note that MPhil, GDL/CPE and LPC programmes are not eligible for the Swansea University Master’s Scholarship scheme.

Value of Scholarship(s)

3000

Eligibility

You must have, or expect to achieve, a minimum 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent).You must hold an offer to study on an eligible master’s course at Swansea University from September 2017. Programmes commencing in January, April and July 2017 are not eligible.

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more details on how to apply.

Further Information

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/taught/swansea-masters-scholarships-2017.php


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M2A Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Use of Steelmaking Slags in Marine Applications - Single Award

Swansea University is a UK top 30 institution for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014), and has been named Welsh University of the Year 2017 by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide. TATA Steel UK Ltd is currently undergoing a huge transformation and is looking to the future with its Steel products. Steel is a 21st century industry with research that is at the scientific and industrial forefront. A research project with TATA Steel UK and Swansea University will give the correct student the opportunity to be heavily involved with industry whilst performing high level academic research in the Swansea Bay Campus facilities. The candidate will be working with multidisciplinary teams, heading up their own research project and gaining invaluable experience at the industry/academia interfaceProject AimsThis master's project will initially involve an options appraisal which will identify all of the marine applications that each steelmaking slag material could potentially be used for. A feasibility study will then be carried out for each application which will assess the considerations to be taken into account when using the materials, including (but not limited to) review of material properties, cost appraisal, environmental impact assessment and environmental legislation implications. The final stage of the project will involve laboratory analysis work which will be used to assess the suitability of each material for each application in terms of their chemistry and physical characteristics.A full list of steelmaking slag material to be included in this project will be agreed with professional mentor at the start of the project.The successful candidate is expected to start their studentship in October 2017.The Athena SWAN Charter recognises work undertaken by institutions to advance gender equality. The College of Engineering is an Athena SWAN bronze award holder and is committed to addressing unequal gender representation.Sponsoring Company: Tata Steel

Value of Scholarship(s)

Stipend of £12,500 p.a plus UK/EU tuition fee

Eligibility

Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience. This project would be suitable for someone with a degree in chemistry, physics, or materials engineering. Please visit our website for more information on eligibility criteria.

Application Procedure

For more information on application procedure, please visit our website.

Further Information

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/engineering-m2a-msc-research-use-steelmaking-slags.php


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M2A Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Advanced Raman-based Imaging for Printable Solar Cells - Single Award

Swansea University is a UK top 30 institution for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014), and has been named Welsh University of the Year 2017 by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.

Renishaw plc specialises in industrial metrology and spectroscopy and sells its products in the major markets around the world. It is one of the major companies developing and selling Raman spectroscopy/microscopy in the world. Raman spectroscopy is a powerful technique to study the chemical/structural/morphological properties of a very broad range of materials.Raman spectroscopy can be a powerful technique to look at chemical composition/phase. Therefore, it is a very useful technique to look at the degradation. In addition, it is also important to correlate the chemical information obtained to other properties to understand the “structure-property-performance” relationship.Project AimsThe aim of this project is to develop a technique to image the electrical properties of the solar cells as well as the Raman (chemical) imaging at the same region together with photoluminescence (photo-physical/chemical) imaging based on the Renishaw Raman system. These advanced combined techniques will then be applied to study and gain deeper understanding of the degradation mechanisms of the printable solar cells (under controlled environments) to provide feedback for more stable solar cells. A small portion of the research will be on exploring the feasibility of using microspheres to improve the resolution of the Raman imaging from micron-scale to nano-scale.Project deliverables (a key aim of this project is to deliver a scientific paper which will lead to an application note for use by Renishaw plc in its marketing and promotion of Raman for this application):- An advanced Raman technique which can perform the electrical mapping, Raman mapping and photoluminescence mapping at the same sample regions
- Improve the understanding of degradation mechanisms of organic and perovskite photovoltaic devices (disentangle the chemical, photo-physical/chemical and electrical degradation)
- Provide some ideas on the feasibility of using microspheres to improve spatial resolution of Raman mapping
This project will involve working closely with Renishaw on site in Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire.The Athena SWAN Charter recognises work undertaken by institutions to advance gender equality. The College of Engineering is an Athena SWAN bronze award holder and is committed to addressing unequal gender representation.Sponsoring Company: Renishaw PLC

Value of Scholarship(s)

Stipend of £12,500 p.a plus UK/EU tuition fee

Eligibility

andidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience. This project would be suitable for someone with a degree in Physics, Chemistry, Material Science or Engineering Graduates. Please visit our website for more information on eligibility criteria.

Application Procedure

For more information on application procedure, please visit our website.

Further Information

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/engineering-m2a-msc-research-advanced-raman-based-imaging.php


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M2A Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Transient Absorption Spectroscopy of Perovskite Thin-Films - Single Award

The Applied Photochemistry Group within SPECIFIC sits at the interface between applied and fundamental research, complementing current applied lab-scale experimentation on printable photovoltaics (PV) by providing the fundamental understanding of properties and processes in materials sets that are suitable for scaling. Applied Photophysics was created in 1971 by The Royal Institution of Great Britain under the leadership of Nobel Prize-winning Lord Porter, and are world leaders in the design and manufacture of instruments for laser flash photolysis.Efficient commercially successful solar energy conversion has been the holy grail of photochemists for decades. Now the field is ripe for this, with international progress in PV research and technology currently running at an unparalleled rate including major contributions from the SPECIFIC and Sêr Solar groups. Most significantly, developments in the field of organolead halide perovskite based solar cells have introduced an exciting new highly efficient solid state PV technology. These devices show power conversion efficiencies (PCE) of 15-20%, including certified 20.1%, in laboratory-scale devices based on APbX3 (A= CH3NH3, X = I, Br, Cl), which makes them an extremely strong candidate to develop a cost- and performance-competitive PV technology. Thus perovskite based PV could seriously compete with silicon and thin film technologies that require vacuum deposition or other expensive non-trivial processing. However, due to the very recent introduction of perovskite absorbers in PV devices, the nature of charge transport and injection characteristics are not yet well understood.We aim to develop a greater understanding of perovskite device photophysics through ns-ms transient absorption spectroscopy (TAS) using our Applied Photophysics LKS80 instrument. Research will initially concentrate on creating a standard measuring set up for looking at perovskite thin films. This will lead to the ability to analyse the photophysics of perovskites in more depth and will provide information which could shape the global development of this technology. The Athena SWAN Charter recognises work undertaken by institutions to advance gender equality. The College of Engineering is an Athena SWAN bronze award holder and is committed to addressing unequal gender representation.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Stipend of £12,500 p.a plus UK/EU tuition fee

Eligibility

Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience. This project would be suitable for someone with a degree in chemistry, physics, or materials engineering. Please visit our website for more information on eligibility criteria.

Application Procedure

For more information on application procedure, please visit our website.

Further Information

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/engineering-m2a-msc-research-transient-absoprtion.php



Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the MSc by Research in Chemical Engineering is a first or a second class honours degree in Chemical or Biochemical Engineering, or a related discipline, such as chemistry, biochemistry, physics, or other engineering discipline. English language requirement IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.

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