PhD Scholarship Improving Landfill Methanogenesis Efficiency Using Chemical Additives, New Zealand

The project purpose is to investigate new way of increasing the amount of methane gas emitted by naturally occurring microbes living in municipal landfills. The aim is to extend the lifespan of gas wells, as well as improving the economics of using municipal solid waste as commercial sources of biogas. This project intends to explore the engineering-science interfaces to systematically enhance growth rate of methane producing microorganisms in landfills and methane production.
The work is structured around the basic elements of hypothesis testing under experimental conditions. To test the hypothesis, laboratory-based work will run out of the University of Auckland. Work will be carried out on a Lab scale anaerobic digester and landfill conditions will be simulated. Using this technique on a lab scale, the approach will be further tested in the “real-life” environment in the Hampton Downs landfill. This will be done with a close collaboration with a waste management company.
The ideal candidate would have:
• Bachelor and Master degree (or equivalent) in Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Biotechnology and Biochemistry.
• solid working knowledge of biochemistry.
• robust statistical analysis skills.
• good communication and presentation skills in English.
• independent working style.
In addition, the candidate should be able to work both in the laboratory and in the field.
Experience with field and laboratory experiments, land filling and bio-methane production would be of benefit.
The scholarship is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in the 3-year PhD programme at the Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering, the University of Auckland.
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