Upgraded value of coke oven by-products – deriving higher value chemicals from Coke Oven by-products and wastes (PhD Scholarship)

Upgraded value of coke oven by-products – deriving higher value chemicals from Coke Oven by-products and wastes.

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

Project ID: 21490
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.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to contribute on a project that could have significant impact and industrial application. This is a KESS funded PhD project which takes new approaches to the conversion of coke-oven by-products and convert them into higher value commodity chemicals. The approach taken will consist of the development of straightforward methodologies to synthesise these higher value chemicals.

The selected candidate will apply their chemical knowledge and synthetic skills to the role and will demonstrate ambition to develop new extraction methodologies and synthetic routes to coke-oven derived commodity chemicals. The project will entail gaining significant knowledge of the processes occurring within the coke-oven and the composition of its by-products. It will also involve synthetic and analytical work in the laboratory in addition to characterisation of various compounds. The application of the newly developed methodologies will subsequently be explored in collaboration with the industrial partner. This close collaborative partnership will allow the student to develop transferable knowledge and skills in this most exciting and active field of industrially relevant chemical synthesis. It will also enhance the potential for future employment of the candidate in this or related industries.

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 PhD project is co-sponsored by one of the world’s most innovative steel making companies, Tata Steel Strip Products, UK. The successful candidate will work closely within a chemistry research group at University of South Wales and with advisors from Tata Steel’s Port Talbot works. The project will focus on analysis and synthetic work. The Steel industry is constantly aiming to reduce its waste emissions by maximising the use of any material/compounds that are present within the coke-oven outputs. The project will also focus on providing new strategies for the valorisation of any chemicals from this waste product, initially on a small scale. It will also look at the possibilities of scaling the process to an industrial scale.

Programme of research:

The cost of dealing with wastes originating from coke-making processes has a major financial impact on Tata’s business. Furthermore, some of these wastes are a particularly expensive issue to deal with. Tata, therefore has a significant need to mitigate against it. Rather than consider these as wastes which need to be discarded, it is possible to find ways in which the range of waste by-products can be converted into valuable commodities. The aims of this project are to provide new approaches to maximise the potential of these coke oven derived by-products. There will be three principal aims of this research programme. The first will be to investigate any unknown by-products which originate from the coke-making process in order to identify any of potentially high value. Next will be to investigate and explore new avenues for the transformation of the coke-oven gas by-products into valuable commodity chemicals. This will be the major focus of this investigation. The objectives will be to find suitable commercially viable compounds and materials to trade with other industries. Finally, the project will also probe new methods to increase the effectiveness of the extraction of the by-products and to eliminate contaminants with the aim to maximise the efficiency of the fuel gas within the coke-making process.

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 Chemistry
  • Possess a reasonable understanding of synthetic chemistry, catalysis and characterisation
  • Be highly self-motivated, with capacity to learn and develop new synthetic and analytical skills
  • Have well-developed and positively collaborative interpersonal skills
  • Have the 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: kess@decymru.ac.uk Ffôn: 01443 482578

Ar gyfer ymholiadau anffurfiol neu ragor o wybodaeth am y rhaglen, cysylltwch â: Dr Gareth Owen (gareth.owen@decymru.ac.uk).

Rhagor o wybodaeth:

1. https://research.southwales.ac.uk/our-research/research-institutes/energy-environment/institute-members/

2. http://staff.southwales.ac.uk/users/7148-growen1

3. https://pure.southwales.ac.uk/en/persons/gareth-owen(ec2f1c34-1ead-46c7-bbff-0d3c790fa2ab).html

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: kess@southwales.ac.uk  Tel: 01443 482578

For informal enquiries or further programme information, please contact: Dr Gareth Owen (gareth.owen@decymru.ac.uk).

Further information at:

1. https://research.southwales.ac.uk/our-research/research-institutes/energy-environment/institute-members/

2. http://staff.southwales.ac.uk/users/7148-growen1

3. https://pure.southwales.ac.uk/en/persons/gareth-owen(ec2f1c34-1ead-46c7-bbff-0d3c790fa2ab).html

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