Research Associate in Reverse Electro-Dialysis

A Research Associate position is available in the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh to work on the “REDAEM: Anion-Exchange Membranes for Reverse Electrodialysis” EPSRC funded collaborative project.

The main objective of the project is to develop engineering to create a UK Reverse Electrodialysis (RED) system. The project is a collaboration with Prof. Varcoe’s group at the University of Surrey. The RED cell performance data will be compared to single ion-transport data (experimental and modelling). Another objective is the detailed evaluation of the true potential of RED in relation to the UK's energy mix.

The membrane materials will be developed by the University of Surrey and will be characterised in the presence and absence of electrical fields. Single membrane/cell data will be compared to stack measurements. A detailed model based on the Maxwell-Stefan theory will be developed. This will allow the correct interpretation of the experimental data and derivation of fundamental properties of the materials to be used for the prediction of the stack performance. These results will provide the basis for the system modelling that aims at mapping the site-specific potential for RED in the UK.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the experimental characterisation of the membranes and for the modelling activities including the transport of ions in a single membrane using the Maxwell-Stefan theory and the system level modelling.

The successful candidate for this position should have a PhD in Chemical Engineering or other relevant field and have experience in membrane processes, both experimental and modelling. Experience in electrochemical processes is desirable.

Dr Maria-Chiara Ferrari will supervise this research programme.

This post is full time and fixed term for 30 months.
Salary:£33,797 - £40,322 per annum
Closing date is 25 November 2019 at 5pm

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