New Fully Funded PhD Projects Available:
Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network
Newcastle University PhD Studentship Award
EPSRC Studentship Award

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Available PhD Projects


The list below gives potential titles and links to details of PhD projects within the PIG. We also welcome candidates to bring along their own ideas for projects. To apply in the first instance you should email the relevant first supervisor. We will also be happy to discuss general enquires.

Note that most of these are NOT funded projects. Chances of funding vary with nationality.

  • UK Students: Full funding for UK students is available but there are limited spaces

  • EU students: Payment of fees is available but there are limited spaces

  • Non-EU students should have an idea of a source of funding for your studies (usually your own government)

Overseas students with partial funding (i.e. fees only - currently ~15k/yr) should get in touch with us, as there is a scheme to support such students (



  Project Title Supervisor(s)  
  Assess your employee in a game Prof Jarka Glassey
Dr Fernando Russo Abegao
  Biodiesel production from microalgae grown in wastewater Dr Sharon Velasquez-Orta  
  BREWPIPE: Continuous Fermentation of Beer Prof Adam Harvey  
  Biofuel from Algae: Catalytic cracking Dr Jon Lee
Prof Adam Harvey
  Biofuel from Algae: Reactive Extraction Prof Adam Harvey
Dr Jon Lee
  CO2 Capture from Industrial Processes with an Intensified Fluidized Bed using Novel Hydrotalcite Solid Sorbents Dr Vladimir Zivkovic
Dr Richard Law
Prof David Reay
  CO2 Conversion to Fuels and Value-Added Chemicals by the Integration of Non-Thermal Plasma Catalysis and Process Intensification Prof Adam Harvey
Dr Kui Zhang
  Continuous Oscillatory Baffled Photobioreactors Prof Adam Harvey
Dr Jon Lee
  Development of Catalysts for High Temperature Biodiesel Production Prof Adam Harvey  
  Enhancing Gas-Liquid and Liquid-Liquid Mass Transfer in Spinning Disc Contactors Dr Kamelia Boodhoo  
  Further Intensification of OBR Design Prof Adam Harvey
Dr Anh Phan
  Heterogeneous Catalysts for Biodiesel Production Prof Adam Harvey
Dr Anh Phan
  Improvements in Chemical Reactors using Heat Pipe Technology Prof Adam Harvey
Prof David Reay
  Intensification of Fermentation and Enzymatic Processes Dr Kamelia Boodhoo  
  Intensification of Reactions/Reactors using Heat Pipes Prof Adam Harvey
Dr Jon Lee
  Intensification of wastewater and water treatment processes Dr Sharon Velasquez-Orta  
  Intensified epoxidation of vegetable oils and their derivatives Dr Anh Phan  
  Intensifying Photoreactions in Thin Films Dr Kamelia Boodhoo  
  The Internet of Persuasive Things and Material Recovery for Completing the Circular Economy Cycle of Plastic Waste Dr Ahmed Kharrufa
Dr Anh Phan
  Layer-by-Layer quantum dots-based nanotheranostics: combined drug delivery and breast cancer imaging Dr Anh Phan
Dr Piergiorgio Gentile
  A Mesoscale Bioreactor for Continuous Mode, Scaleable Screening of Fermentations Prof Adam Harvey
Dr Anh Phan
  Microbial electrosynthesis of chemicals: coverting carbon dioxide to biocompounds Dr Sharon Velasquez-Orta  
  Next generation loop heat pipe wick technology for thermal management of Space and Terrestrial applications (Fully Funded) Dr Richard Law
Prof David Reay
Dr Ryan McGlen (Thermacore)
  Novel instruments for continuous water quality assessment in remote areas Dr Sharon Velasquez-Orta  
  Novel wastewater treatment systems using green microalgae Dr Sharon Velasquez-Orta  
  OBRs as Batch Bioreactors Prof Adam Harvey  
  Reactive Extraction for Biodiesel Production: Biorefining Aspects Prof Adam Harvey
Dr Jon Lee
  Reactive Extraction for Biodiesel Production: Process Development Prof Adam Harvey
Dr Jon Lee
  Simultaneous saccharification and fermentation for biofuel production from microalgae Dr Sharon Velasquez-Orta  
  Succinic Acid Production from Low Value Biomass Prof Adam Harvey  
  Sugar-based Biorefining Prof Adam Harvey  
  Variable Conductance Heat Pipes Prof David Reay  



 Last modified: 11-Jan-2019