PhD Scholarship in Chemical Engineering

Monash University Faculty of Engineering

PhD Scholarship in Chemical Engineering

Job No.: 606311

Location: Clayton campus

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: 3-year fixed-term appointment

Remuneration: $29,000 per annum (tax-free stipend)

The Opportunity

Expressions of interest are sought from outstanding candidates for PhD study in Chemical Engineering, within the Faculty of Engineering. Located within the Clean Solid Fuel Laboratory.

PhD Project

Synthesis of Advanced Magnesium Oxide-Supported Catalysts for Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Conversion.

A full scholarship is available for a PhD student to conduct research on development of advanced catalysts based on the use of two-dimensional (2D) magnesium oxide as the support. The catalysts are supposed to be used for an efficient conversion of carbon dioxide in a number of applications such as the dry reforming of methane. The research will be conducted in Clean Solid Fuel Laboratory (CSFL) led by Associate Professor Lian Zhang in the Department of Chemical Engineering.

This project will be initiated from the synthesis of 2D magnesium hydroxide through the use of different feedstock and approaches. Subsequently, the resultant magnesium hydroxide will be impregnated with a specific metal such as nickel (Ni) or palladium (Pd) and tested for a variety of potential reactions for the conversion of CO2. These reactions may include, but are not limited to those such as methane dry reforming and hydrogenation of CO2. Apart from the synthesis of 2D support, innovative approach is also expected to be sought to load the transition/noble metal as single atoms on the support, with and without the loading of a promoter. Prof Lian Zhang’s group has a few platform technologies and exercise in this area. In the past decades, we have been working on carbon capture and storage (CCS), and the synthesis of advanced 2D materials from solid wastes such as fly ash. We have also established strong collaboration with the world-class catalysis experts and computer modelling experts to understand the reaction mechanisms from different levels including molecular level based on density functional theory. All these existing resources are available to this PhD project. A strong background in Physical Chemistry is essential. Additional skills, such as material science and/or computer modelling, are highly desirable. 

Applicants must show excellent communication and inter-personal skills, and the ability to conduct self-motivated research. They should have Masters Degree in the relevant research areas and have a record of publishing their research in mainstream scientific journals.

For more information regarding the Clean Solid Fuel Laboratory, please follow this link.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed via Zoom/WeChat. All interviews will be conducted in English.

Candidate Requirements

Applicants will be considered provided they fulfil the criteria for PhD admission at Monash University and demonstrate excellent research capability. Details of the relevant requirements are available at www.monash.edu/graduate-research/future-students/apply .

To Submit an Expression of Interest

Expressions of Interest shall comprise of:

  • A cover letter that includes a brief statement of applicants suitability
  • A Curriculum Vitae, including a list of published works
  • A full statement of Academic Record, supported by scanned copies of relevant certified documentation
  • Contact detail of two academic referees
  • Evidence of English language proficiency

Enquiries

Enquiries and expressions of interest shall be sent, preferably in single PDF document, via email to:

Professor Lian Zhang, lian.zhang@monash.edu

Closing Date

Wednesday 30 September 2020, 11:55 pm AEST

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