Research Associate/Senior Research Associate (Fixed Term) - CREATE Centre University of Cambridge, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology United Kingdom

Research Associate/Senior Research Associate (Fixed Term) - CREATE Centre

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology wishes to appoint a Research Associate/Senior Research Associate to work on a post doc project for the CREATE centre. The C4T team in Singapore which represents a dynamic partnership between some of the world-leading scientists and engineers at the University of Cambridge, Nanyang Technological University, and the National University of Singapore which systematically investigates the raw materials, processes and products of the local chemical industry and investigates technologies to lower the carbon footprint of this major pillar of Singapore's economy. The programme is designed to leverage the skilled human resource, cutting-edge scientific research and the vibrant enterprise demonstrated and will undertake research in seven key areas: novel materials to utilise carbon emissions and bio-waste; electrochemical technologies for efficient chemical production and biomass conversion; cleaner fuels; control of microgrids for Jurong and Semakau Islands; low-emission localised power generation; business models for industrial decarbonisation, and techno-economic assessment of new technologies and opportunities.


The successful candidate will focus on the development of electrodes and electrochemical processes for the transient on-demand production of reactive intermediates at the point of use. The key idea is to consider the synthesis process as an embedded part of an electrical circuit. This would be a disruptive change that offers the potential to rethink the manufacturing of value-added and commodity chemicals, whilst offering large reductions in carbon emissions and costs. Phase 1 has shown proof of concept, taking full advantage of recent advances in precision electronics, electrical catalysis, nanostructured electrode architectures and reactor engineering to develop materials and processes for the synthesis of methanol and ethylene from CO2, and the production of lactic acid from glycerol. Under some optimistic assumptions, the potential CO2 reduction from these technologies has been estimated as being up to 6.1 MTCO2 per year. The next phase of the project focuses on the key aspects required to achieve the carbon reduction, developing the unique materials, modelling and instrumentation required to control energy efficient electrosynthetic pathways as a function of operating temperature and pressure, and increasing the efficiency of the electrodes to deliver practicable processes. The proposal addresses these challenges using multi-scale analysis, exploiting numerical modelling in combination with innovative electroanalytical approaches and rapid prototyping methods for experimental reactor development.


Appointments at Senior Research Associate level will be subject to approval by Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology Syndicate. An excellent publication record and evidence of working as an independent researcher will be required for appointment at Senior Research Associate Level.


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Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 October 2018 in the first instance.


Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.


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