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Conversion of lignin-rich residues to functional carbons for environmental remediation and energy storage

Study level

PhD

Faculty/Lead unit

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.

Supervisors

Dr Zhanying Zhang
Position
Senior Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty

Overview

Lignoncellulosic biomass such as sugarcane bagasse and corn stover is the most abundant bioresource on Earth. It is also a potential renewable feedstock for the production of biofuels and biochemical.

However, biochemical processes only utilise cellulose and hemicellulose in biomass, leaving lignin and undigested carbohydrate residue as a waste.

Research activities

This PhD project aims to convert the lignin-rich residue to high value functional carbons, which will improve the economics of the biorefinery process.

Novel carbon production and modification approaches will be developed in this PhD project.

Outcomes

The carbons will be characterised and assessed for environmental remediation and energy storage.

Scholarships

You may be able to apply for a research scholarship in our annual scholarship round.

Annual scholarship round

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