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.
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.
The carbons will be characterised and assessed for environmental remediation and energy storage.
You may be able to apply for a research scholarship in our annual scholarship round.
Contact the supervisor for more information.