Recovery and use of ammonia from coke-making processes (PhD Scholarship)

Recovery and use of ammonia from coke-making processes

Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science at the University of South Wales

Project ID: 21488
Annual Stipend: circa £14 k p.a.
Application Deadline: 
25 November 2018

PhD wedi’i gyllido yw hwn, sy’n cynnwys cyflog hael a ffioedd dysgu, gydag amgylchiadau sydd â digon o adnoddau ar gyfer ysgoloriaeth lwyddiannus. This is a funded PhD, including a generous stipend and tuition fees, with well-resourced circumstances for a successful scholarship.

Here is an exciting opportunity to create and study a novel ammonia recovery process which could lead to entirely new approaches in steelmaking and industrial waste gas treatment.

The selected candidate will apply their practical and problem-solving skills and ambition to investigate efficient removal and recovery of ammonia from industrial waste gases using novel solid state materials. This will allow the student to develop transferable knowledge and skills in this most exciting and active field of materials chemistry research.

This Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship (KESS) project will be held in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science at the University of South Wales. KESS is a programme funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) awarded by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) in the Welsh Government. The project will focus on energy and environmental resource management, since these have been identified as key areas to the economy and people of the East Wales region.

The project is backed by Tata Steel UK Ltd., who are one of the world’s most innovative steel making companies. The successful candidate will work closely with process advisors from Tata Steel’s Port Talbot works and will join an existing group of KESS PhD students within the Sustainable Environment Research Centre, working on related innovative PhD projects sponsored by Tata Steel.

Programme of research:

Annual worldwide ammonia production is almost 200 million tonnes, with around 90% of this used in fertilisers. The other main use of ammonia is as a precursor in the production of most nitrogen containing chemicals, while minor uses include cleaners, refrigerants and fuels. Ammonia vapour is produced as a by-product of coke making and is present in coke oven gas (COG) at a concentration of around 6 g/Nm3. Due to its corrosive nature, removal of ammonia from COG is a priority.

A number of methods are established for removal of ammonia from coke oven gas, including absorption into a solution of sulphuric acid and ammonium sulphate and the PHOSAM process in which ammonia is absorbed into a solution of ammonium phosphate. However, there are drawbacks to these methods, including the high financial cost of the chemicals used compared to the price that the ammonia-derived products can be sold for. Ammonia can be easily destroyed either catalytically or by incineration, however these routes can lead to harmful NOx emissions and remove the possibility of producing sellable ammonia or ammonia-derived products.

There is a rich and diverse range of academic literature into the removal and recovery of trace ammonia from gaseous streams using advanced materials such as membranes, inorganic complexes and advanced gels. This PhD seeks to identify and develop innovative and novel materials which enable an efficient and environmentally benign process for the removal and recovery of ammonia from COG.

Ysgoloriaeth ymchwil:

Bydd yr ysgoloriaeth ymchwil yn cynnwys ffioedd ar gyfer rhaglen PhD llawn-amser am flwyddyn ac yn talu cyflog o oddeutu £14k y flwyddyn. Mae hefyd tua £9k o gostau cymorth ar gael i’r prosiect ar gyfer treuliau, teithio, mân offer, hyfforddiant (gan gynnwys Ysgol Raddedig KESS) a mynychu cynadleddau.

Mae’r swydd ar gael o 1 Ionawr 2019 / 1 Ebrill 2019.


The studentship will cover the fees for a full-time PhD programme and pay a stipend of circa £14k p.a. There is also around £9k project support costs available for consumables, travel, minor equipment, training (including the KESS Grad School) and conference attendance.

The position is available from 1st January 2019 / 1st April 2019.

Cymhwyster Myfyrwyr:

I fod yn gymwys i gael ysgoloriaeth ymchwil KESS, mae’n rhaid:

·         cael cyfeiriad cartref yn yr ardal Dwyrain Cymru (manylion isod)* ar adeg cofrestru.

·         bod gennych hawl i ymgymryd â gwaith cyflogedig yn yr ardal Dwyrain Cymru* ar ôl cwblhau’r ysgoloriaeth.

·         bod y Brifysgol yn eich ystyried yn fyfyriwr ‘cartref’ neu ‘UE’ at ddibenion ffioedd dysgu yn unol â chanllawiau’r Brifysgol.

·         eich bod yn bodloni meini prawf mynediad Prifysgol De Cymru: gweler isod, cymwysterau a phrofiad a’r broses ymgeisio

*Dwyrain Cymru ardal yn cwmpasu:  Bro Morgannwg / Caerdydd / Casnewydd/ Sir Fynwy/ Powys/ Wrecsam/ Sir Y Fflint

Eligibility of Student:

To be eligible to hold a KESS studentship, you must:

·         have a home address in East Wales area (details below)* at the time of registration.

·         have the right to take up paid work in the East Wales area* on completion of the scholarship.

·         be classified by the University as ‘home’ or ‘EU’ for tuition fees purposes according to the University’s guidelines.

·         satisfy University of South Wales’s admissions criteria: see below, qualifications and experience and application process

*East Wales area covers:  Vale of Glamorgan / Cardiff/ Newport/ Monmouthshire/ Powys/ Wrexham/ Flintshire


Cymwysterau a phrofiad:

Bydd gan ymgeiswyr cymwys:

Qualifications and experience:

Eligible applicants will:

  • Have a degree (2i or higher) in an appropriate chemical science discipline
  • Possess a reasonable understanding of advanced materials and catalysts
  • Be highly self-motivated, with capacity to learn and develop practical and analytical techniques
  • Have well-developed and positively collaborative interpersonal skills
  • Have an ability to deliver technical reports and communicate findings
  • Be willing to travel and work in industrial settings
Y Broses Ymgeisio:

I lawrlwytho’r pecyn ymgeisio, ewch i:  Pecyn Ymgeisio Cyfranogwr

Am unrhyw ymholiadau ynghylch cymhwysedd, cysylltwch â:  Tîm KESS, Gwasanaethau Ymchwil ac Arloesedd, Prifysgol De Cymru: Ffôn: 01443 482578

Ar gyfer ymholiadau anffurfiol neu ragor o wybodaeth am y rhaglen, cysylltwch â: Dr Christian Laycock (

Rhagor o wybodaeth:

Application Process:

To download an application package, please visit:  Participant Application Package

For any queries on eligibility, please contact:  KESS Team at Research and Innovation Services, University of South Wales:  Tel: 01443 482578

For informal enquiries or further programme information, please contact: Dr Christian Laycock (

Further information at:

Dyddiad cau ar gyfer ceisiadau: Hanner nos Dydd Sul 25 Tachwedd 2018

Cynhelir cyfweliadau yn ystod yr wythnos yn dechrau (i’w gadarnhau)

Closing date for applications: midnight Sunday 25th November 2018

Interviews will be held w/c (TBC)

Mae Ysgoloriaethau Sgiliau Economi Gwybodaeth (KESS) yn fenter sgiliau lefel uwch ar draws Cymru a arweinir gan Brifysgol Bangor ar ran y sector AU yng Nghymru. Fe’i cyllidir yn rhannol gan raglen Cronfa Gymdeithasol Ewropeaidd (ESF) Llywodraeth Cymru ar gyfer Dwyrain Cymru. Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) is a pan-Wales higher-level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) programme for East Wales.

Please note: This scholarship is advertised subject to funding confirmation