Encapsulation of adsorbents in polymeric beads

Study level


Master of Philosophy


Vacation research experience scheme

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Dr Sara Couperthwaite
Senior Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty


Not all adsorbent materials synthesised have the ideal physical properties for water treatment applications. Therefore, this research will investigate the performance of adsorbents encapsulated in polymeric beads and methods for improving capacity.

Research activities

In this project you will

  • synthesise different polmeric beads for different adsorbent materials
  • perform equilibrium and column studies to determine the impact of encapsulation on the adsorbent's capacity
  • characterise the polymeric beads
  • optimise synthesis method to enhance the composite polymeric bead's capacity


At the end of this project you should have:

  • synthesised and characterised different composite polymer beads
  • evaluated the perfomance of the different composite beads
  • enhanced the capacity of the composite beads by varying synthesis conditions


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

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