Five PhD Studentships in CO2 Storage, Enhanced Oil Recovery Technologies and Digital Rocks

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Location
London, England
Job Type
Full Time
Date Posted
4 months ago

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Job ID
9977
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Job Description

Imperial College London - Departments of Chemical Engineering (CE) and Earth Science and Engineering (ESE)

Qualification Type:PhD
Location:London
Funding for:UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount:Funding is available for UK and EU citizens (EU applicants must start before 31st July 2021). The studentship will cover a tax-free bursary for up to 3.5 years, plus tuition fees at the UK rate for 3 years and cover consumables and travel expenses.
Hours:Full Time
Placed On:11th November 2020
Closes:11th February 2021

 


Many of the scientific challenges associated with a transition to a net-zero carbon economy by 2050, to avoid dangerous climate change, are associated with the flow of fluids deep underground in porous rock. Considering the naturally depleting nature of oil and gas reserves, optimisation of recovery remains key. To offset the associated emissions from fossil fuels, carbon dioxide can be stored in the exact same rocks. Understanding, managing and designing these processes requires a knowledge of how fluids flow and partition at the micron-scale in the pore space. At Imperial College we have pioneered advanced experimental and modelling capabilities to characterise complex reservoir processes in porous media, including techniques based on imaging technology.

Applications are invited for five Ph.D. studentships in the Departments of Chemical Engineering (CE) and Earth Science and Engineering (ESE). The successful candidates will have the opportunity of working with a dedicated team involving various academics within an industrially-funded project “Digital Rocks”.  The following five research topics are available:

  1. Pore scale imaging, analysis, and data-driven pore-scale modelling (ESE)
  2. Porous media flows of complex rheology (CE)
  3. Interfacial properties of live reservoir fluids (CE)
  4. Pore-to-field reservoir characterisation for CO2 storage (ESE)
  5. Multi-scale porosity in carbonate rocks (CE)

Our aim is to develop unique measurement and modelling capabilities to stretch our fundamental understanding of rock properties, fluid properties and multiphase fluid flow in reservoirs, and to demonstrate the applicability of these tools for the design of CO2 storage and enhanced oil recovery.

The applicants should have a proven aptitude for practical, experimental work and a genuine passion for research. They should hold (or be heading for) a first or upper-second degree at master’s level (or equivalent) in any relevant engineering or physical science discipline. Successful candidates will be expected to submit publications to refereed journals and to present their findings at major international conferences and to the sponsors. 

Funding is available for UK and EU citizens (EU applicants must start before 31st July 2021). The studentship will cover a tax-free bursary for up to 3.5 years, plus tuition fees at the UK rate for 3 years and cover consumables and travel expenses.

Applications should be made through the College’s online application system:

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/apply/how-to-apply/

Important information about the College’s PhD application process can be found on the following page: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg

Please visit our website for further information on the projects  https://www.imperial.ac.uk/digital-rocks-lab/ 

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Bhavna Patel ([email protected]).

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