Materials/ Chemical Engineering: Fully Funded KESS II MSc by Research Scholarship: Cadmium Metal Mine Pollutant Removal through Nano-adsorbents and their Recovery for Photocatalysis Applications

This scholarship is partially funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

MSc by Research Scholarship concerning UK or EU applicants in the field of Materials/Chemicals Engineering

The purpose of this project is to develop recyclable Nano filter to recover as during treatment targeted pollutants from metal mine water flows and gain their utilization in other commodity valuable applications.

The heavy metal pollution in water has a significant negative impact on water quality and ecological health of our water bodies, which influences individual and community well-being, and economic development. The continual release of metals from underground workings through point source discharges as acid mine drainage and as diffuse source discrete discharges from spoil heaps and erosion of contaminated sediment cause derogation of quality on our surface and groundwater bodies. The extraction of heavy metals is globally a high priority topic. So far, several conventional technologies such as chemical precipitation, adsorption, membrane filtration, and biological treatment have been applied for sequestration of heavy metal ions from water. Adsorption has shown to be one of the most engaging options, but developing a specific sorbent for particular metal ion pollutants is a significant factor in the adsorption process. Developing less expensive and durable adsorption filters remains a challenge. In this project, we will develop low cost, bio-waste derived Nano-adsorbent for filtering priority substance cadmium from metal mine discharges. This part will be a collaborative effort with Natural Resources Wales and University College of London. Later, the occurrence of these metal mine pollutant coated filters will be tested in photocatalysis applications (fuel generation, environmental clean-up).

The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Dr. Sudhagar Pitchaimuthu and Dr. Moritz F. Kuehnel. The project will include both lab and field-based education. The scholar will have the chance to acquire a range of skill sets including nanomaterial synthesis, chemical analysis (GC-MS, HPLC) from other collaborators (University College of London). The successful student will also appropriate our world-class facilities open at SPECIFIC, College of Engineering, Swansea University.

This R&D is particularly attractive as recyclable, Nano filters can be widely applied in water treatment, energy, environmental clean-up, and energy applications.

Scholarships exist collaborative awards with external partners including SMEs and micro companies, as well as public and third sector organizations. The scholarship provides 1-year funding including a 3-month session to complete the thesis. The success of a postgraduate skills development award, PSDA, is requisite for each KESS II scholar and is based on a 30 credit award.


Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree in Materials Engineering/Chemistry/Chemical Engineering/Nanotechnology or a related subject. They should also be eligible for UK/EU Fees

(see–Advice/Fees-and-Money/Wales-fee-status for more information)

We would commonly expect the academic and English Language requirements to be met by point of application. For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit –

Deadline: 21st June 2019


The scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees and a stipend. The bursary will be limited to a maximum of £11,586 p.a. the subject on the applicant’s financial concerns as assessed in section C point 4 on the KESS II Participant Proposal Form. There will also be supplementary funds available for research costs.