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Opportunities in QUILL

PhD Vacancies

There are no PhD vacancies at this time

Summer Vacancies

The following studentships will be available for summer 2019. In the first instance please contact the project supervisor for details of how to apply.

From batch to continuous flow process using Polymer Immobilised Ionic liquids (PIILP)

Supervisor: Haresh Manyar

Ionic liquids have great potential to play a key role in chemical process design with dual functions, such as enhanced mass transfer as well as a superior catalytic activity for promoting a chemical reaction. Herein, we will establish the ionic liquid structure-activity co-relationship in etherification of furfural as an exemplar process to produce biofuels, by using polymer immobilised ionic liquid (PIILP) catalysts. The summer student will optimise the reaction conditions for furfural etherification to produce butyl levulinate, high energy density fuel additive. In this summer project, we will also transform the process from batch to continuous flow using PIILP catalysts. We will establish the effect of key parameters, such as reaction kinetics in batch, LHSV, reaction temperature and catalyst longevity.

posted 10 June 2019

Funding sources

Postdoctoral Researchers

We welcome applications worldwide from candidates with high quality CVs and relevant experience. Post-doctoral researchers are particularly encouraged to apply for independent funding, such as:

Candidates will receive strong support with these applications including assistance with research proposals.


Self-funded students are welcome to contact the center informally. If you plan to apply for a funding scheme, please contact us to discuss a potential project before applying formally.

Undergraduate Students

Each year, we welcome Level 3 and 4 students for their final year research projects. Although individual projects vary, they follow the main research themes in the group. Each student works closely with a more experienced group member.

Undergraduate Summer Students

Funded summer studentships are available annually through various funding streams, including RSC and QUILL summer studentships. The deadlines for applications are quite early on in the year so students are encouraged to get in touch in advance to consider a potential application.

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