PDRA in Modelling of a Reverse Electro-Dialysis Cell and its Experimental Validation

A 12 month, fixed term postdoctoral role is available in the School of Engineering to work on the RED-Heat to Power Horizon 2020 funded collaborative project.

The objective of the project is to develop advanced closed loop processes for the generation of electricity through salinity gradients in a reverse electrodialysis stack. A full description of the project and its partners is is available here.

This position is aimed at the development, commissioning and testing of a RED cell that will be used to determine the ionic fluxes in the presence and absence of electrical fields. The fluxes through the membranes will be modelled in detail using the Maxwell-Stefan theory in order to be able to obtain the fundamental properties of the materials from the experimental results.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the commissioning of the bespoke experimental cell and the development of the dynamic model of the system.

The model will be used to determine the physical parameters from the experimental results and will form the basis for the steady-state model of the RED stack to be coupled to Unisim, the Honeywell process simulator, for the simulation of the overall closed loop RED-Heat to power process. The project includes several industrial and academic partners who will provide data and guidance on the requirements of the experimental cell.

The successful candidate for this position should have a PhD in Chemical Engineering or other relevant field and have extensive experience in liquid phase membrane processes, both experimental and modelling. Experience in nonlinear parameter regression and modelling of salt solutions is desirable.

The post is expected to start in September 2017.

Informal Enquiries to: Prof. Stefano Brandani and Dr Maria-Chiara Ferrari

UoE Vacancy Ref: 

040412

Closing Date: 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

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