We offer PhD projects to UK/EU and international students in various areas that fall in the research initiatives of our institute.

Most of these projects are identified as potentially having studentship support, either by EPSRC which is restricted to UK/EU students only who have (or expect to obtain) a first or 2(1) class degree in a relevant subject, or by international studentships. However, projects could equally run with students supported by other means (e.g. overseas students with own scholarships, self-funded, etc.) with an equivalent qualification.

Please direct informal queries for further project information to the individual project supervisor. You can then find out more about how to apply.

Ref. No. Project Title Supervisor(s) Details
IMPEE/18/01 Physical and Chemical Equilibrium for Sour Water Storage

Dr R. Westacott / Prof. R. Ocone

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IMPEE/18/02 Organic Scale Formation and Inhibition

Dr R. Westacott / Prof. K. Sorbie

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IMPEE/18/03 Patient-specific microstructural design of biodegradable scaffolds for tissue engineering

Dr Y. Chen

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IMPEE/18/04 Tissue and sub-tissue hierarchy: structure and its physiology

Dr Y. Chen / Prof. RL Reuben

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IMPEE/18/05 Design of a novel balloon-catheter system for coronary artery diagnostics

Dr Y. Chen / Prof. RL Reuben

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IMPEE/18/06 Development of accurate and efficient solution for modelling real and complex flows in engineering

Dr. YC Lee

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IMPEE/18/07 Game Eco-systems for Engineering

Dr. T. Lim / Prof. J. Ritchie

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IMPEE/18/08 Bio-inspired design and engineering applications

Dr. T. Lim / Prof. J. Ritchie

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IMPEE/18/09 Cyber-physical Systems (CPS) for knowledge discovery, data exploration and human factors research

Dr. T. Lim / Prof. J. Ritchie

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IMPEE/18/10 LightFoot PhD – A PhD Investigation Lightning Protection of HV Overhead Lines with Non-Ideal Tower Footing Resistance

Dr J. Swingler

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IMPEE/18/11 Hybrid-manufacturing processes for nanofabrication

Dr. J Sun

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IMPEE/18/12 Development of ultra-sensitive plasmonic substrates for bio-sensing applications

Dr. J Sun

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IMPEE/18/13 Korteweg-Type Compressible Fluid Model for Rarefied Gas Flows

Dr. D Kokou

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IMPEE/18/14

CMM inspection planning – formalising a black art.

Prof. J. Ritchie / Dr. T. Lim

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IMPEE/18/15 Low-cost thin-film technologies for energy conversion and harvesting

Dr. N. Bennett

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IMPEE/18/16 Microreactor for energy and carbon conversion

Dr. Jin Xuan

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IMPEE/18/17 Advanced electrochemistry for energy

Dr. Huizhi Wang

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IMPEE/18/18 Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to fuels and Commodity Chemicals

Dr. Aimaro Sanna

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IMPEE/18/19

Two-phase flow modelling of gas flow through sediments

Dr. Baixin Chen Project Link
IMPEE/18/20 Marine oil snow (MOS) formation and its role in the fate of crude oil in NE Atlantic waters Dr. Tony Gutierrez (Heriot-Watt) & Dr. Martin Jones (Newcastle) Project link
IMPEE/18/21 Understanding emissions from CO2 capture plants in Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) networks Dr Eva Sanchez Fernandez Project link
IMPEE/18/22 Enabling metalloenzyme biotransformations within a continuous oscillatory baffled reactor Prof. Xiongwei Ni

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IMPEE/18/23 Tissue biomechanics as a route to health sensor engineering Dr. Michael Crichton Project link
IMPEE/18/24 Modelling of Gas-Solid Flows with Tribocharging Dr. Ali Ozel Project link

EPS Scholarships : James Watt, DTP and Start-up from Autumn 2018

EPS Scholarships for PhD Research from Autumn 2018 Heriot-Watt University has now created additional Doctoral Training Partnerships, James Watt Scholarships and Start-up Scholarships in the School of Engineering & Physical Sciences for 2018.

For more information see list of EPS Scholarship projects.

PhD - CDT in Critical Resource Catalysis

Heriot-Watt University, along with the Universities of St Andrews and Edinburgh, are hosts to CRITICAT, the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Critical Resources Catalysis. At Heriot-Watt this CDT is based within the Institute of Chemical Sciences and the Institute of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering.

CRITICAT provides PhD training across the full breadth of catalysis, and will span homogeneous, heterogeneous and bio catalysis, as well as reaction engineering. The CDT is training the next-generation of leaders by tackling one of the great challenges faced by society: our over-reliance on non-sustainable, fossil-fuel-based energies and products. Innovation in catalysis is central to tackling this problem, both through the efficient use of currently available feedstocks in developing new catalytic methods and procedures and the utilization of renewable resources.

CRITICAT is now recruiting, please see www.criticat.co.uk for more information about the programme and how to apply.