PDRA position in Chemical Process Engineering at University of Cambridge

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a 2-year Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) position in Chemical Process Engineering under the supervision of Prof Erwin Reisner (Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge). 

The project will enable the tech-transfer of chemo-enzymatic photoreforming, where solar energy is used to upcycle plastic waste into hydrogen (H2) gas. Specifically, an integrated process will be designed and assembled, where PET plastic waste is first broken down by enzymes and then photo-catalytically converted into H2 gas. 

The PDRA will oversee the assembly of a continuous flow process to demonstrate the commercial feasibility of this solar chemical technology at a kg plastic, m2 photoreactor scale under real sunlight irradiation over several days. The outcome of this project should be published in top tier academic journals and also generate novel IP to support the commercial aspirations of this project. The PDRA will design, assemble and connect an enzymatic waste pre-treatment chamber and solar reactors and work together with an enzyme engineer and a sustainable technology expert in a highly collaborative setting. The PDRA will thus complement existing expertise in the Reisner laboratory and bring a strong skill set and expertise in chemical and process engineering. 

More information about the laboratory and project can be found here: РWebsite Reisner Laboratory: http://www-reisner.ch.cam.ac.uk/ РPublication on chemo-enzymatic photoreforming: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/jacs.3c05486 РReview solar reforming technology: https://rdcu.be/dxjBM

This PDRA position will be funded by a Technology Investment Funding Award from Cambridge Enterprise and a Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies.

The PDRA should have (or be about to obtain) a PhD in Chemical or Process Engineering or a closely related discipline. A strong background in waste recycling, solar technologies, H2 technology and/or continuous flow processing would be desirable for the position.

Start date: September 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

For more information and to apply visit https://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/46800/

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