Chemical Engineering: Fully Funded KESS II MSc by Research Scholarship at Swansea University: Engineering for the circular economy

  • Master
  • Full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend
  • 31 July 2018

\This scholarships is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.\*
Subject study: Engineering for the circular economy. Using nanotechnology to upcycle waste materials into higher value products such as carbon nanomaterials.
The aim of this project is to positively impact the environment both locally and globally. This will be done by taking carbon waste and turning it into carbon nanotubes (CNTs). CNTs can be used to transmit electricity under a wide range of temperatures, they are much lighter so they offer mass savings, and specialised forms are ballistic conductors which can transmit electricity with near zero loss. The MSc student will work at Swansea University’s Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI). They will carry out testing of plastic and synthetic materials commonly used in specialised healthcare products. These products are provided by SALTs Healthcare, and they are later disposed of in landfill sites after they are spent. This does cause distress to the customers of SALTs to know that the materials end up in landfills. However, ESRI researcher Dr Alvin Orbaek White has developed new and novel technology that can convert these materials into electrical conduction cables. In short, this work can prevent the build-up of material in landfill sites, causing psychological relief to patients, it decreases the costs to the SALTs company, and will positively impact the global problem of plastic waste.
The MSc student will be trained to carry out work in the labs of ESRI. By using the state of the art facilities, the researcher will develop strong skills such as chemical vapour deposition, working with chemicals, working with nanomaterials, carrying out electron microscopy, and Raman spectroscopy. They will develop independent research skills. The successful student will be expected to present their work at relevant conferences and meetings with stakeholders, and to assist in the publication of journal articles.
Scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners including SME’s and micro companies, as well as public and third sector organisations. The scholarship provides 1 year funding with a 3 month period to complete the thesis. The achievement of a postgraduate skills development award, PSDA, is compulsory for each KESS II scholar and is based on a 30 credit award.


Candidates should have a first, or upper second class honours or a Master’s degree (with Merit) in a relevant discipline such as mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, physics, or a related science.Candidates must be eager to learn, be willing to fail, and not be deterred by failure.Swansea University is an equal opportunity employer, and we welcome applications regardless of gender, race, or self-identity.
Candidates should also be eligible for UK/EU Fees.
We would normally expect the academic and English Language requirements to be met by point of application. For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit –


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The scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend.  The bursary will be limited to a maximum of £11,587 p.a. dependent upon the applicant’s financial circumstances.
There will also be additional funds available for research expenses.


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