Chemical Engineering: Fully Funded Welsh Water (Dwr Cymru) MSc by Research Scholarship: Novel filtration system for manganese removal in water

Closing date: 31 August 2019

Key Information

Start date: October 2019

Project description:

Manganese is found in groundwater or lake water with low dissolved oxygen at concentrations as high as 1 mg/L or more. The occurrence of manganese in water is a significant issue for water utilities since it causes aesthetic problems such as laundry and fixture staining which lead to customer complaints. A limit target for manganese in treated water of only 2 ug/L was set to ensure compliance. The removal of manganese is most commonly carried out through precipitation by oxidation using air, chlorine, ozone or potassium permanganate. The precipitated manganese is then removed using sedimentation or most commonly sand filtration. Greensand filtration, where both oxidation and filtration simultaneously take place, is also common. Although sand filters have been successfully used to remove the precipitated manganese, they are expensive to install and operate. Hence, there is a need to develop new efficient and less expensive filtration technologies for manganese removal in water. This project will precisely address the filtration of precipitated manganese post chlorination and pH correction in selected Welsh Water treatment sites using novel types of fibre filters.

Project supervisors:

Principal: Dr Chedly Tizaoui

Secondary supervisor: Dr Wei Zhang

Available resources/facilities: The main resources for this project are available and funding is provided to research costs (e.g. consumables, water analysis and travel).

Eligibility

Candidates should have, or be expected to gain an upper second class (2.1) honours degree, preferably a 1st class honours degree in Chemical or Biochemical Engineering, or a related discipline.

Experience in water treatment and a driving license are advantageous. 

We would normally expect the academic and English Language requirements (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent result) to be met by point of application. For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit – http://www.swansea.ac.uk/admissions/english-language-requirements/

The scholarship covers the full cost of tuition fees and an annual stipend for UK/EU candidates but tuition fees (£4,327) only for international candidates.

Funding

UK/EU candidates: The scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £11,586.

International candidates: The scholarship covers the cost of tuition fees (£4,327) only and the candidate is expected to make up the difference.

There will be additional funds available for research expenses.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete and submit the following documents to Dr Chedly Tizaoui (c.tizaoui@swansea.ac.uk):

  • College of Engineering PGR Scholarship Application
  • Two-page CV
  • Degree certificates and transcripts
  • Cover letter to explain why the position particularly matches your skills and experience and how you choose to develop the project
  • Two referees (academic or previous employer) letters of recommendation

For enquiries please contact Dr Chedly Tizaoui (c.tizaoui@swansea.ac.uk / +44 (0)1792 606841).