Innovative applications for radiofrequency heating

Project description

Recently radiofrequency heating has been successfully used in fine chemistry and pharmacy considering the main advantages of avoidance of hot spots, very high heat transfer rate from inside out and easy separation of magnetic catalysts by external magnet. The aim of this project is to widen the applications for radiofrequency heating in high profile research areas such as cancer treatment and biorefinery. Considering biorefinery, it could be used for biodiesel production with detailed control temperature in order to achieve high selectivity and conversion. Continuous flow operation with radiofrequency heating will enable the optimisation of the reaction conditions. As for cancer treatment, magnetic nanoparticles focalised on the heart of the tumour will be the unique resource for radiofrequency heating to gradually burn it. The synthesis, development and enhancement of these magnetic catalysts will be carried out and characterised. The focus will be on core-shell nanoparticles which will allow us to have a magnetic core with a catalytic shell for biorefinery or an aminoacid shell for cancer treatment. They will be tested with different radiofrequency heating set-ups.

Key benefits

Future Leeds Scholarships - Funding covers the cost of fees and provides a maintenance matching the Research Council UK rate (£14,553 for 2017/18).

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with or expecting a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1), and/ or a Master's degree in a relevant subject such as (but not limited to) chemical engineering. Applicants are also required to hold IELTS 6.0.

Applicants also need to submit:
1. Cover letter
2. CV
3. Personal and supporting statement
4. Recommendation form/letter
5. Academic results (transcripts with grades and final average grade for bachelor and master's)
6. Copy of ID
7. Certificate (MPhil / Bachelor)
8. Other preferable info. (e.g. publications, patent etc)

How to apply

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website. Please state clearly in the research information section that the PhD you wish to be considered for is ‘Innovative applications for radiofrequency heating’ as well as Dr Ali Hassanpour as your proposed supervisor. 

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates.

If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office
e: phd@engineering.leeds.ac.uk, t: +44 (0)113 343 8000.