PhD Studentship - Enhancing the physical footprint and energy conversion efficiency of hybrid adsorp

Birmingham, West Midlands
07 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Applications are invited for a three year Postgraduate studentship, supported by the School of Engineering and Applied Science, to be undertaken within the Sustainable Environment Research Group Research Group at Aston University. The successful applicant will join an established group working on solar energy and water treatment. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this opportunity.

The position is available to start in October 2018 (subject to negotiation)

Financial Support

This studentship includes a fee bursary to cover the home/EU fees rate plus a maintenance allowance of £14,777 in 2018/19.

Applicants from outside the EU may apply for this studentship but will need to pay the difference between the ‘Home/EU’ and the ‘Overseas’ tuition fees, currently this is £12,290 in 2017/18. As part of the application you will be required to confirm that you have applied for, or, secured this additional funding.

Background of the Project

This research project is set out to enhance the physical footprint and the energy utilisation of hybrid adsorption water desalination-refrigeration systems. The project will focus on the innovative approaches of utilising the adsorbent materials and improving the heat exchanger substrate design to enhance the heat and mass transfer performance simultaneously of the adsorbent bed (the heart of the system). The wider impact of heat and mass transfer intensification of closed-loop adsorption systems is improving the feasibility of small scale waste heat driven adsorption cooling systems, water desalination systems and thermal storages which directly contribute the reduction of carbon foot print and energy security.

Person Specification

The successful applicant should have a first class or upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualification in Mechanical Engineering. Preferred skills include the knowledge of multiphysics numerical modelling and solid background in thermodynamics analysis.

For informal enquiries about this project and other opportunities within the Sustainable Environment Research Group Research Group, contact Dr Ahmed Rezk, tel: 0044 (0)121 204 3601, or email:

If you require further information about the application process please contact the Postgraduate Admissions team at

The online application form, reference forms and details of entry requirements, including English language are available here.

Applications must also be accompanied by a research proposal giving an overview of the main themes of the research, and explaining how your knowledge and experience will benefit the project.

Details of how to write your project proposal are also included in the How to Apply section.

Closing Date: 15 June 2018

Further particulars and application forms are available in alternative formats on request i.e. large print, Braille, tape or CD Rom.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact HR via