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University of Southampton Malaysia

Research project: Reaction Kinetics Mechanism of a Novel Enhanced-Mixing Transesterification for Biodiesel Production

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The crises of fossil fuel uncertainty and environmental issues, has led to biodiesel being in prime position as an alternative to fossil diesel. This is because of its uniqueness in being compatible with present-day diesel infrastructures, renewable and proven to be more environmentally-friendly. However, conventional batch reaction transesterification for biodiesel production is inefficient, increasing cost of production. This can be attributed to the lack of detailed understanding of underlying reaction mechanism and its associated mass transfer and chemical kinetics rates.

In this project, the candidate will have the objective of improving the biodiesel production process through a novel micro-turbulence inducing method. From it, the mass transfer and reaction kinetics rates would be quantified, and subsequently be exploited for rapid biodiesel production (see Figure 1). Research work will include experimental and/or simulation studies.

Figure 1
Figure 1

Interested applicant should be enthusiastic about solving problems in the field of renewable and sustainable green energy, and have already obtained a First-class or Upper second-class honours degree in Engineering (any discipline), Chemistry (applied or pure chemistry) or any related field. The successful applicant will get to spend a year in Southampton, UK, in addition to being based at the Malaysia Campus (USMC). The scope and focus of the project offered will be defined based on the applicant's academic background and research interest. Scholarships may be available to outstanding applicants.

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