Solar powered cryogenic sorption refrigeration

Applications are invited for a postgraduate research position leading to a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering in the Institute for Material and Processes within the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.

Thermally driven refrigerators are systems to convert low grade heat in useful cold using solid materials (adsorbent materials). No moving components are present in these systems and this makes them highly reliable compared with traditional technologies. They are particularly convenient when solar heat of waste heat is available and in principle can be operated to provide cold at cryogenic temperatures.

This PhD studentship is oriented to develop the first adsorption cryogenic system using solar thermal energy. The work will be both theoretical and experimental.

To undertake this research, we are seeking a motivated candidate with a first class degree or upper second (or equivalent for non-UK students) or a combination of qualification and professional experience equivalent to that level, in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering. Some knowledge and experience in at least one among these fields will be particularly considered:

  • adsorption systems design
  • adsorbent materials

Independent work, self-motivation, good team spirit and excellent communication skills are important assets of the successful candidate

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Minimum entry qualification - an Honours degree at 2:1 or above (or International equivalent) in a relevant science or engineering discipline, possibly supported by an MSc Degree. Further information on English language requirements for EU/Overseas applicants.


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