IMPEE PhD Projects

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)
IMPEE/01 Physical and Chemical Equilibrium for Sour Water Storage Dr R. Westacott / Prof. R. Ocone
IMPEE/02 Organic Scale Formation and Inhibition Dr R. Westacott / Prof. K. Sorbie
IMPEE/03 Patient-specific microstructural design of biodegradable scaffolds for tissue engineering Dr Y. Chen
IMPEE/04 Tissue and sub-tissue hierarchy: structure and its physiology Dr Y. Chen / Prof. RL Reuben
IMPEE/05 Design of a novel balloon-catheter system for coronary artery diagnostics Dr Y. Chen / Prof
IMPEE/06 Development of accurate and efficient solution for modelling real and complex flows in engineering Dr. YC Lee
IMPEE/07 Game Eco-systems for Engineering Dr. T. Lim / Prof. J. Ritchie
IMPEE/08 Bio-inspired design and engineering applications Dr. T. Lim / Prof. J. Ritchie
IMPEE/09 Cyber-physical Systems (CPS) for knowledge discovery, data exploration and human factors research Dr. T. Lim / Prof. J. Ritchie
IMPEE/10 LightFoot PhD – A PhD Investigation Lightning Protection of HV Overhead Lines with Non-Ideal Tower Footing Resistance Dr J. Swingler
IMPEE/11 Hybrid-manufacturing processes for nanofabrication Dr. J Sun
IMPEE/12 Development of ultra-sensitive plasmonic substrates for bio-sensing applications Dr. J Sun
IMPEE/13 Korteweg-Type Compressible Fluid Model for Rarefied Gas Flows Dr. D Kokou
IMPEE/14 CMM inspection planning – formalising a black art. Prof. J. Ritchie / Dr. T. Lim
IMPEE/15 Low-cost thin-film technologies for energy conversion and harvesting Dr. N. Bennett
IMPEE/16 Microreactor for energy and carbon conversion Dr. Jin Xuan
IMPEE/17 Advanced electrochemistry for energy Dr. Huizhi Wang
IMPEE/18 Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to fuels and Commodity Chemicals Dr. Aimaro Sanna
IMPEE/19 Two-phase flow modelling of gas flow through sediments Dr. Baixin Chen
IMPEE/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)
IMPEE/21 Understanding emissions from CO2 capture plants in Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) networks Dr Eva Sanchez Fernandez
IMPEE/22 Enabling metalloenzyme biotransformations within a continuous oscillatory baffled reactor Prof. Xiongwei Ni
IMPEE/23 Tissue biomechanics as a route to health sensor engineering Dr. Michael Crichton
IMPEE/24 Modelling of Gas-Solid Flows with Tribocharging Dr. Ali Ozel
IMPEE/25 Digital Manufacturing of Wearable Sensors and Soft Robots Dr. Morteza Amjadi

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.

ESPRC, the University of Edinburgh, University of St Andrews, Heriot-Watt University and Criticat

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 for more information about the programme and how to apply.

Key information

EPS Postgraduate Research Office