Location: Lund (Sweden)Type: doctoral position, fixed-term employment

Doctoral student in Chemical Engineering – Integration and optimisation of emerging membrane processes for seawater desalination

 

Job description: https://lu.varbi.com/what:job/jobID:402031/?lang=en

 

Subject description

Membrane filtration is a separation process which is well-established for the desalination of seawater with reverse osmosis. In this project the emerging membrane processes forward osmosis and membrane distillation are coupled to desalinated seawater using low grade wasted heat from a concentrated solar power system. The focus of this work will be to optimized the interplay between forward osmosis and membrane distillation considering different membranes, draw solutions and process parameters. The results for the optimization will be used for scale-up and modelling of the process as well as the design, installation and operation of a demonstration unit in the Middle East.The Membrane Group at Lund University has many years of experience in membrane processes and is now looking for a new co-worker to extend this work into the emerging membrane processes – forward osmosis and membrane distillation. The PhD student position will include the integration and optimization of the two membrane processes on pilot scale as well as the development and operation a demonstration unit in the Middle East.

 

Work duties

The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties will also include teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%).The research contains the following subtasks:

  • Review of available scientific literature on the research topic and presentation in a report/article.
  • Integration and optimization of forward osmosis and membrane distillation on pilot scale for seawater desalination using low grade heat.
  • Scale-up, installation and operation of a demonstration unit.
  • Communication of obtained results in the form of publication of scientific articles.
  • Participation in project meetings and contributing to status reports.

 

More information: https://lu.varbi.com/what:job/jobID:402031/?lang=en

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