Engineering: Fully Funded PhD at Swansea: Capture and reduction of carbon emissions

  • Phd
  • Full cost of tuition fees and an annual stipend
  • 2 May 2022

Engineering: Fully Funded EPSRC and TATA Steel PhD Scholarship: Capture and reduction of carbon emissions to maximise circularity in the steelmaking process

Funding providers: EPSRC and TATA Steel

Subject areas: Engineering, materials science, chemistry

Project start date:

  • 1 July 2022 (Enrolment open from mid-June)
  • 1 October 2022 (Enrolment open from mid-September)

Expected interview date: June 2022


  • Swansea University- Professor Peter Holliman and Dr Ian Mabbett
  • TATA Steel- Dr Ciaran Martin

Aligned programme of study: PhD in Materials Engineering

Mode of study: Full-time

Project description:

Steel is a critical material when transitioning to a more circular economy due to its inherent recyclability whilst maintaining its properties. However, the steel industry contributes 7-8% of the global anthropogenic CO2 emissions. The problem the steel industry faces is reducing emissions whilst increasing supply to meet additional demand. It is key that this paradox is solved within the UK to protect jobs and to prevent the CO2 emissions being “off-shored” which moves but does not solve the problem.

Carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) has been shown to be technically feasible via a series of studies whereby CO2 emitted is captured processed and utilised as a feedstock to produce another material, examples being primary alcohols and aviation fuels. This project will study the capture and processing of blast furnace gases into valorised products (e.g., hydrogen, methane) which can then be re-cycled into other processes; e.g., as reductants in Direct Reduced Iron (DRI).

This project will be based between the new Sintec (Simulation and integrity testing under extreme conditions) facility within the Steels and Metals Institute at Swansea University and Tata Steel Port Talbot. The project will also link with complimentary EPSRC (e.g. SUSTAIN) and doctoral projects also working to optimise future sustainable steel manufacturing.


Candidates must normally hold an undergraduate degree at 2.1 level (or Non-UK equivalent as defined by Swansea University) in Engineering or similar relevant science discipline.

English Language requirements: If applicable – IELTS 6.5 overall (with at least 5.5 in each individual component) or Swansea recognised equivalent.

This scholarship is open to candidates of any nationality.


Please note that the programme requires some applicants to hold ATAS clearance, further details on ATAS scheme eligibility are available on the UK Government website.

ATAS clearance IS NOT required to be held as part of the scholarship application process, successful award winners (as appropriate) are provided with details as to how to apply for ATAS clearance in tandem with scholarship course offer.


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This scholarship covers the full cost of tuition fees and an annual stipend of £20,000 for four years.

Additional research expenses will also be available.


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