A Study on Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) for CO2 Capture

This project is aimed to develop and advance a Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) technology for its application to various industries for CO2 capture. To achieve the objective, you will try to enhance the process design, e.g. the step sequence of a cycle, explore novel CO2-selective porous materials, e.g. structured adsorbents, and ultimately optimise the operating conditions for a greater performance given the chosen adsorbent.

This project will involve theoretical design of a PSA system using Equilibrium Theory analysis, followed by both numerical simulation using commercial software and experimental campaign using a PSA rig in the lab to vindicate the performance of the proposed PSA system. The feasibility of the CO2 capture process using adsorption will be evaluated in comparison to other capture technologies through techno-economic assessment. 

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Closing Date: 

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

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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.


Applications are welcomed from self-funded students, or students who are applying for scholarships from the University of Edinburgh or elsewhere.

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