2015 Scholarship in PHD in Environment and Sustainability by the Cardiff University for International Students


Project title: Geologic Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide

An understanding of the interaction of coal/rock-water-microbes-carbon dioxide is crucial for the long term geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide. The influences of storage medium, pore fluid characteristics and magnitude of injection pressure on geochemical, mineralogical and microbial changes is anticipated to impact the integrity of cap rock and sealing systems. The work will, in the main, involve experimental investigations associated with carbon dioxide adsorption/desorption and permeability characteristics in coal and rocks under predetermined physical, chemical and microbiological boundary conditions.

The studentship, based in the Geoenvironmental Research Centre at Cardiff School of Engineering, forms part of Geo-Carb-Cymru. Geo-Carb Cymru is a new project which is part of the Sêr Cymru National Research Network for Low Carbon, Energy and Environment (NRN-LCEE), funded jointly by Welsh Government and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales. This is a multidisciplinary project, looking into the geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide in Wales under a range of environmental conditions. The programme takes a whole systems approach underpinned by experimental, numerical modelling and field studies.

The project integrates a strong network of multi-disciplinary researchers in civil engineering, microbial geochemistry, ecology, materials science, geology, natural sciences, mathematical modelling and biogeochemistry. Highly experienced researchers will work closely with early-stage researchers to foster a new generation of experts in geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide in Wales. The Geo-Carb-Cymru is a joint project between Aberystwyth University, Cardiff University, the British Geological Survey, National Museum of Wales and University of Leeds.

Supervisors: Dr. S Tripathy & Prof. H R Thomas

Start date: October 2015

Number of Studentships: 1


This studentship consists of full UK/EU tuition fees, as well as a Doctoral Stipend of £13,590 p.a. for 2014/15, updated each year).

One studentship is available.


Residency: This studentship is open to students of any nationality. Students classified as International for fee purposes have to self-fund the difference between UK/EU and international fees.

Academic criteria: Candidates should be interested in experimental work, and be enthusiastic, motivated and willing to learn.

Applicants should have, at least, a 2.1 degree or Master’s degree in Civil engineering, Geology, Earth sciences or other relevant subject.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language (minimum IELTS 6.5 or equivalent)

How to Apply

In the first instance, you should submit a CV & Covering Letter to engineering-pgr@cardiff.ac.uk.

Please ensure that you quote the studentship reference NRN-ST-2014/15 in the email subject field.

The successful candidate will then be invited to submit a standard application for Postgraduate Study via the Online Application Service.

The deadline for applications is 1 June 2015.

Cardiff University reserves the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

Further Information

For more information, see the Geo-Carb-Cymru website.

General information on research within the School of Engineering can be found on the Research pages of the School website.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to engineering-pgr@cardiff.ac.uk.

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