Engineering: Fully Funded M2A MSc by Research Scholarship: Production of synthetic gypsum from steelmaking slags

Closing date: 3 June 2018

Key Information

Start Date: October 2018

Sponsoring Company: Tata Steel UK

Synthetic gypsum may be derived as a by-product of industrial processes. The most important is the flue gas desulphurisation, a process that removes synthetic gypsum from the flue gases at coal-fired power stations. However, closure of all Britain’s coal power plants by 2025 might create a shortage of the supply of gypsum in the UK and elsewhere.

Tata Steel researched various ways of utilising by-products of their steelmaking operations and showed that steelmaking slags can be reused in the process of producing synthetic gypsum [1]. As the steelmaking slags cannot easily be applied as soil fertilisers or used for roadmaking purposes and therefore have to be landfilled, this creates a market opportunity worth exploring. 

Project Aims: 

  1. To assess the efficiency of the process of synthesis of yellow gypsum from various steelmaking slags from Port Talbot Steelworks;
  2. To carry-out detailed market analysis and make recommendations regarding feasibility of commercialisation of the process of synthesis of yellow gypsum from steelmaking slags from Port Talbot Steelworks in the UK.

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Eligibility

Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience. This project is suitable for candidates with a background in Chemistry or Business Science.

We would normally 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 – http://www.swansea.ac.uk/admissions/englishlanguagerequirements/

Our funders require applicants to also meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • You must be a UK or EU citizen (i.e. eligible for ‘home’ tuition fees at the University) and have the right to work in Wales at the end of your studies.
  • You must be resident in West Wales and the Valleys at the point of enrolment and throughout the duration of your studies.
  • You must not be financially able to participate without the award of grant funding.

Further information regarding eligibility criteria can be found at: http://www.materials-academy.co.uk/eligibility

Funding

The scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend of £12,500 p.a.

How to Apply

To apply for this scholarship, please complete the online application form.

Informal enquiries about this scholarship are welcome and may be directed by email to: M2A@swansea.ac.uk.