3 Year Industry-led funded PhDs


The PhDs advertised below are a suite of industry-led funded PhD projects from the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, an international alliance supporting university-business collaboration. The Centre delivers high quality, business-led research to create eco-innovative technologies, products and services.

3 Year Industry-led funded PhDs


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There are no current PhD opportunities.


How to apply

To apply for one of the industry-funded PhD opportunities please email graduate-applications@cgeinnovation.org with:

  • A CV (2 pages maximum)

Join the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

At the heart of the Centre are people who are researching, developing and innovating to address global challenges, including energy, water, natural capital, resource efficiency, food, and waste, to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits. Launched in 2012 the Centre and has won two national awards for its ground breaking approach to sustainable R&D and knowledge exchange.

Successful applicants could:

  • Receive £15,000 tax-free per year
  • Undertake a substantive collaborative project with a business with a base in the Northwest of England
  • Have your postgraduate tuition fees paid for by your partner business, worth £4,195/year (UK/EU graduates only, fees for Non EU/UK graduates are subsidised from  £17,510/year to £13,315/year). See published rates by year of entry
  • Become part of a cohort of graduates working with an award-winning team on business-led R&D
  • Develop new products, processes and services
  • Be in an enviable position to develop a long-term well-paid career
  • Gain a postgraduate qualification from a world-leading university
  • Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas

Why Lancaster University?

Lancaster University is ranked among the top ten universities in the UK. We have invested over £450m into our campus in the last ten years, including our new Engineering building, the refurbishment of the Library, Physics and Chemistry facilities and a £20m sports centre and facilities, with a further £135m investment planned. We’re great for nurturing talent and links with industry; we’ve over 5000 successful partnerships with businesses. We’re global, with a huge number of research links around the world which provide exciting opportunities for our students, and we’re collegiate, providing you with a supportive student environment.

Novel electrochemical methods for the production of cleaning agents to use in air purification


3 Year Industry-led Funded Phd: Ref. No. CGE46

Smart Separations Ltd has developed a proprietary filter that can be tailored to suit many different applications in the underdeveloped, yet global microfiltration industry. This filter will provide a more controlled, versatile, and low-cost solution for several industries including stem cell research, air filtration, and even drink processing.

This PhD project will investigate electrochemical generation of gaseous cleaning/oxidising agents, and aims to develop an electrochemical cell that can be integrated in an air-purification unit. One of the main areas of the project will be the electrochemical production of gases, with research focussing on optimising the design of the cell, by looking at different electrolytes, electrode materials, reaction mechanisms, and investigating the capture and degradation of the gases. The highly efficient gas generation cell is the basis of the chamber that will be incorporated in an air purifying unit developed by the industrial partner. This project would be suited for a Chemical Engineering, Materials Science or Chemistry graduate with laboratory experience and ideally some background on electrochemical science and engineering.

Industry Partner

SSL are a young, vibrant and exciting start-up company looking for new talent that can grow with our highly valuable company. Our ambition is to be the world’s leader in microfiltration and particle separations technology – filling the void gap that exists in the market nowadays. Our mission is to “improve quality of life through innovation” in the areas of health, the environment and human causes. Our work can make a truly global impact and this role is key to making this possible.

Application Details

To apply for this opportunity please email graduate-applications@cgeinnovation.org with:

Please state the project reference number (#46) in your email subject.

Application Deadline

Application deadline: midnight 28th May 2017
Interview date: provisionally 5th/6th June 2017
Project start: July 2017

Why Apply?

By joining the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation you will:

  • Receive £15,000 tax free per year
  • Have your postgraduate tuition fees paid for by your partner business, worth £4,195/year (fees for Non EU/UK graduates are subsidised from £17,510/year to £13,315/year at 2016 rates)
  • Become part of a cohort of graduates working with an award-winning team on business-led R&D
  • Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas.