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Research Associate in Bio-Oil Upgrading


Location:  Aston University Main Campus
Salary:  £38,205 to £44,263 per annum
Grade:  Grade 08
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (6 months)
Basis:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Friday 24 May 2024
Interview Date:  Friday 31 May 2024
Reference:  0256-24
Release Date:  Tuesday 14 May 2024

Applications are invited from candidates with relevant experience for a 6-month full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals Research team within Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI). EBRI is one of Aston University’s flagship research institutes and is part of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. If successful you will join a research institute that boasts a vibrant team of experienced early career researchers, exploring various aspects of energy, bioenergy and sustainable chemicals. This role involves the use of a continuous laboratory-scale rig for upgrading of pyrolysis bio-oil to produce liquid hydrocarbon fuels within the kerosene and diesel fuel ranges. In addition, the upgraded fuels will be tested using a dedicated engine to determine combustion and emission characteristics. You will join our Aston team as part of the consortium to deliver the IUK PyroPower Africa2 (PPA2) project funded by Innovate UK. The project involves several academic and industrial partners and the main objective is to produce a biokerosene component that meets Nigeria’s household kerosene (HHK) standard. 

You will carry out laboratory-based investigation on catalytic upgrading of bio-oils produced from the pyrolysis of agricultural residues from Nigeria by the lead project partner, being developed during the project. Results from this work will be used to develop a process model for potential scale-up. The role will also involve detailed analytical characterisation of catalysts, feedstock and reaction products, mass and energy balance calculations and process optimisation.


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