PhD Research Project: Green reaction engineering using biocatalysts

United Kingdom
Oct 17, 2016
Nov 25, 2016
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time

The research will involve the development of bio-inspired processes exploiting nature’s catalysts – enzymes – for the production of chemicals or materials. Biocatalysts have long been used in the food, personal care products and pharmaceutical industries but are gaining increasing popularity in other sectors, such as in biofuels, as a result of recent advances in methods for their production and exploitation. Enzymes have the potential to be cleaner and more sustainable than some of their inorganic counter-parts as they catalyse reactions selectively in water and can be readily sourced from plants and micro-organisms. There are, however, numerous challenges in making biocatalysts commercially viable such as improving stability of the enzymes involved and the range of operating conditions. We are particularly interested in the optimisation of biocatalytic hydrolysis reactions through a combination of reactor/process design, development of techniques for in-situ data monitoring and kinetic modelling of reaction networks. PhD projects are currently offered in the areas of reaction-diffusion bio-sensing; immobilised enzymes in continuous processing; enzyme-driven polymerisation and lignocellulosic degradation for the production of sugars. For more information please contact Dr Annette Taylor.

Funding Notes

The DTG provides funds for studentships (fees + stipend for UK applicants, fees only for EU students) on a competitive basis. Applications are welcome up until the closing date. Overseas applicants will not qualify for DTG funding but self funded/externally funded applications are welcome