Research Associate/Fellow in Carbon Capture University of Nottingham, Department of Engineering United Kingdom

Research Associate/Fellow in Carbon Capture


Closing Date
Tuesday, 27th June 2017
Job Type
£26052 to £38183 per annum, depending on skills and experience (minimum £29301 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

Applications are invited for the above post of research associate/fellow to work on an EPSRC-funded research project in a vibrant multi-disciplinary research team based within the Faculty of Engineering.


The University of Nottingham is internationally recognised for cutting-edge research in efficient fossil and biomass energy technologies, with research programmes encompassing carbon capture and storage, cleaner conventional and advanced power generation, combustion, gasification and advanced catalysis for energy conversion.  Recently, Nottingham has secured a research grant for a novel research project in developing stimuli-responsive carbon capture materials ( Carbon capture represents the most costly single element of the whole chain of carbon capture and storage (CCS), a technology complex that has widely been considered as a crucial part of the world’s low carbon energy portfolio required to mitigate climate change without compromising energy security. Clearly, the successful development and deployment of enabling capture technology determines the overall economic performance of CCS. This research aims to develop and assess a new concept of smart hydrogels-based capture technology that could potentially make it possible to use recoverable low grade heat and/or sunlight to effectively drive the capture process, thus significantly reducing the energy penalty. 


The successful candidate will be expected to:

·       Design, synthesise and characterise stimuli-responsive functional nanocomposite hydrogels for carbon capture

·       Characterise and evaluate the performance of the responsive hydrogels for CO2 scrubbing under different stimuli and operational conditions, using different purpose-built test facilities.

·       Perform the conceptual design, process modelling and energy performance analysis of the smart hydrogel-based CO2 scrubbing process.

·       Assist the Principal Investigator of the project to co-ordinate research activities and liaison with industrial partners.


The candidates must already have or be about to obtain a PhD (with thesis already submitted) in an appropriate discipline (e.g. chemistry, responsive macromolecular materials and chemical engineering) and have good knowledge of materials synthesis and characterisation with strong practical laboratory experiences, good writing/reporting/analytical skills and a good publishing record in relevant areas. Successful candidate for this post must also be a good team player and communicator.


This position will be offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of 24 months, with an expected start date of 1st July 2017.


Informal enquiries may be sent to Dr Chenggong Sun ( Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.


The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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