Interdisciplinary PhD Project in the Development of Selective Sorbents for Phosphate Recovery from Polluted Water - University of Southern Denmark

Recovery of phosphate, a limited resource and pollutant, from a complex water matrix is challenging. Phosphate selective sorbents is an emerging technology, where phosphate is captured by high-affinity filter materials, which are subsequently regenerated, and the phosphate recovered for further processing resulting in chemically well-defined fertilizer. The objective of this PhD project is to test and improve the performance of sorbents based on layered double hydroxides (LDH) in a range of phosphate polluted waters and asses their performance both on the laboratory and pilot scale. This will be achieved by combining analytical chemistry with advanced characterization techniques including NMR spectroscopy, EXAFS, and powder X-ray diffraction.

Link: https://www.sdu.dk/da/service/ledige_stillinger/1150164

Contact: Professor Ulla Gro Nielsen, ugn@sdu.dk

The PhD project is hosted at the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy at the University of Southern Denmark. The RecaP training programme involves extensive internationalization including participation in biannual workshops and a total of eight to ten months of planned secondments with the academic and industrial partners at Queens University (Northern Ireland), The Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (Germany), SmallMatek (Portugal), and SEGES, (Denmark). The selected candidate will be supervised by an interdisciplinary team and have access to state-of-the-art research facilities. Moreover, the selected candidate will work in close collaboration with other PhD students in the RecaP MCSA-ITN and ongoing research projects at the University of Southern Denmark related to phosphate recovery.

Date de publication :  7 Mai 2021
Lieu :  University of Southern Denmark

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