Postdoctoral – PV Cell Recycling 2020

August 20, 2020

Project Title Electrically-Enhanced Recycling and Refining of End-of-Life Silicon Photovoltaic Cells – Process Upscale Position Purpose A Postdoctoral researcher position (Level A6/B1, Full time/1.0 FTE, 2 years duration) is available for asuitable candidate to undertake the project on “Electrically-Enhanced Recycling and Refining of End-of-Life Silicon Photovoltaic Cells – Process Upscale”. The successful applicant will carry out the research project closely with Swinburne Researchers, CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia) and related industry partners. There is a genuine worldwide problem of a growing generation of WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment), i.e. about 40 million tonnes per year. WEEE contains of more than 40 elements including the strategic metals and hazardous elements. The concentrations of the strategic metals in the WEEE are higher compared to that of in their respective underground ores. This makes them suitable as secondary metals sources. End-of-Life (EOL) Photovoltaic (PV) cell is also considered as WEEE. Considering the average panel lifetime of 25 years, the global solar PV waste is anticipated to be between 4-14% of total generation capacity by 2030 and rise to over 80% (~78 million tonnes) by 2050. In addition to the Si, EOL PV cell contain very valuable Ag which is used as metallisation pastes/inks in the cell. There is also a problem of Si kerf (slurry) waste generated from manufacturing process of PV Cell (account for up to 45% loss of ultrapure materials), totalling to approximately 160,000 tonnes/year (and increasing if not processed). click here for more info

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Swinburne PhD Scholarship 2020

August 20, 2020

A PhD scholarship is available for a suitable candidate to undertake PhD project on “Kinetics of ElectricallyEnhanced Reactions during Recycling and Refining of End-of-Life Silicon Photovoltaic Cells”.The successful applicant will carry out the PhD research work closely with Swinburne Researchers, CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia) and related industry partners.  There is a genuine worldwide problem of a growing generation of WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment), i.e. about 40 million tonnes per year. WEEE contains of more than 40 elements including the strategic metals and hazardous elements. The concentrations of the strategic metals in the WEEE are higher compared to that of in their respective underground ores. This makes them suitable as secondary metals sources. End-of-Life (EOL) Photovoltaic (PV) cell is also considered as WEEE. Considering the average panel lifetime of 25 years, the global solar PV waste is anticipated to be between 4-14% of total generation capacity by 2030 and rise to over 80% (~78 million tonnes) by 2050. In addition to the Si, EOL PV cell contain very valuable Ag which is used as metallisation pastes/inks in the cell. There is also aproblem of Si kerf (slurry) waste generated from manufacturing process of PV Cell (account for up to 45% loss of ultrapure materials), totalling to approximately 160,000 tonnes/year (and increasing if not processed). click here for more info  

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Swinburne Masters (by Research) Scholarship 2020

August 20, 2020

Masters (by Research) Project Title  Partitioning of Ag, B, P in Liquid Silicon and Oxides during Recycling and Refining of End-of-Life (EoL) Photovoltaic (PV) Cell  Position Purpose  A Masters (by Research) scholarship is available for a suitable candidate to undertake masters project on “Partitioning of Ag, B, P in Liquid Silicon and Oxides during Recycling and Refining of End-of-Life (EoL) Photovoltaic (PV) Cell”. The successful applicant will carry out the research work closely with Swinburne Researchers, CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia) and related industry partners. There is a genuine worldwide problem of an growing generation of WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment), i.e. about 40 million tonnes per year. WEEE contains of more than 40 elements including the strategic metals and hazardous elements. The concentrations of the strategic metals in the WEEE are higher compared to that of in their respective underground ores. This makes them suitable as secondary metals sources. End-of-Life (EOL) Photovoltaic (PV) cell is also considered as WEEE. Considering the average panel lifetime of 25 years, the global solar PV waste is anticipated to be between 4-14% of total generation capacity by 2030 and rise to over 80% (~78 million tonnes) by 2050. In addition to the Si, EOL PV cell contain very valuable Ag which is used as metallisation pastes/inks in the cell. There is also a problem of Si kerf (slurry) waste generated during the manufacturing of PV Cells(account for up to 45% loss of ultrapure materials), totalling to approximately 160,000 tonnes/year (and increasing if not processed). The masters project is part of a broader project to develop a unique pyrometallurgical process that allows high volume and high throughput recycling and processing of end-of-life (EoL) Si Photovoltaic (PV)-cells and alternative silicon source (e.g. Si kerf). The process involves the application of voltage through electrodes placed across molten silicon and slag phases during slag refining reactions. This results in the removal of impurities (such as Boron (B) and Phosphorus (P)) at much faster rates and higher amounts compared to the regular slag refining or current Si production process; and at the same time promotes maximum recovery of high value Silver (Ag) from EOL-PV, making the overall recycling process economically attractive. Click here for more info.

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PhD Grant Available -Wagenigen University – Developing scenarios for sustainable land use in fish and dairy production systems in Indonesia

July 16, 2020

Within the project Smart Indonesian Agriculture (SMART-IN-AG) A PhD grant is available for the topic of: “Developing scenarios for sustainable land use in fish and dairy production systems in Indonesia” Background The demand for animal protein, both fish and dairy, is increasing in Indonesia. Both sectors are thereforelooking for ways to increase their production, however, there are constraints. The availability of land andfresh water is limited. Therefore, in order to increase production without further pressure on land andwater, current production systems need to become more sustainable and environmentally friendly interms of production, environmental impact and resource use efficiency. At present it is difficult toevaluate current farming systems since data isn’t always collected in a longitudinal and structuredmanner.Smart farming in dairy and fish systems allows to collect data in a longitudinal manner and to evaluatethe current production systems, particularly on the required inputs and employed management/practicaltechniques, and to improve the level of animal production in Indonesia. Using this data, risk factors andmanagement issues that block sustainable production will be identified. The collected information will beprovided back to farmers through technologies such as apps to aid them to improve on-farm productionefficiency.

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PhD Grant Available -Wagenigen University – Impact of SMART technologies on economic and ecological performance of fish farming system

July 16, 2020

Background The environmental condition of the fish farm sites are important since they are the basic values for the determination of the balance between fish farming activities and its recipient environment. Producing fish in a sustainable way is challenging, as low efficiencies increase the environmental burden of aquaculture as well as reduces profitability. By improving both efficiency and yield the sector could grow without increasing its environmental impact. Today decisions are mainly based on empiricism rather than accurate data. Incorporation of SMART technologies for controlling the basic parameters aims to provide fish farmers with clearer insight in their fish production for example by data on oxygen and temperature, feed demand and fish behaviour. Sensors can provide information that facilitates continuous production and environmental improvement. SMART fish farming technologies have the potential to improve the efficiency, reduce energy use and greenhouse gases emission, labour costs, and fish diseases, and can stimulate the understanding of the production process as well as protecting the environment. Although the introduction of technologies generally support modernization, the development and use of smart technology in Indonesian aquaculture is still underdeveloped. At present, we do not have a clear view of the technologies implemented, the effect on Indonesian fish farming systems, and the potential of new technologies.

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PhD Grant Available -Wagenigen University-Environmental impact of dairy and aquaculture farming systems in Indonesia.

July 16, 2020

Headline Wageningen University & Research is looking for a PhD student in the area of ‘Environmental impact of dairy and aquaculture farming systems in Indonesia. Design of integrated dairy-aquaculture and improved specialized farming systems to reduce the environmental impact of animal-source protein production.

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PhD Grant Available -Wagenigen University – Computer vision for automatic cow disease detection and decision support for farmers

July 16, 2020

Topic A PhD grant is available for the topic of “Computer vision for automatic cow disease detection and decision support for farmers”

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PhD Program : Towards the Circular “plastics” Economy: Understanding the impacts of Bio-plastics to the environment, businesses and society

April 2, 2020

Project Concerns on the negative impacts of plastics to the environment have led to a shift in plastics production and consumption from petroleum-based to bio-based materials. Though the World Economic Forum has identified bio-plastics as an emerging technology enabling disruptive innovation, our knowledge of the long-term impacts of bio-plastics to the environment, businesses and society seems to be limited. This project, therefore, aims to answer a seemingly simple, yet important research question: what are the impacts of bio-plastics to the environment, businesses and society? The answers are expected to transform the way in which plastics are consumed in daily life, provide a strong underpinning to the future development of sustainable bio-plastics and ultimately address both the upstream (sourcing) and downstream (consumption/end-of-life) supply chain uncertainties. Funding This is a fully funded PhD – tuition fee and bursary Benefits Training and Development The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills. All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities. We require a high calibre candidate to be recruited for this fully funded high profile project (subject to meeting Coventry’s entry requirements, including language competencies). To ensure the success of this ambitious but do-able target, the candidate will be developed and supported throughout the PhD lifecycle. The candidate will be directed to self-manage the project, adhering to the Ethics approval, Research Degree Development Agreement (RDDA) and Researcher Development Activity Plan (RDAP). The candidate will operate under the Vitae Researcher Development Framework. Formal bi-weekly meeting will be arranged with the candidate. The candidate will complete the mandatory research training programmes, and be encouraged to attend regular research seminars at CBIS and CAWR, academic writing sessions, as well as to present at the PGR seminar series and conferences. Journal publication plan is embedded into the study plan with an expectation that the candidate produces at least two journal papers before the thesis hand-in. The candidate will also be offered an opportunity to deliver lectures and co-supervise theses. All of the above are aligned with the Concordat of the Career Development of Researchers. For further information about the position, please follow the link below: https://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-opportunities/research-students/research-studentships/towards-the-circular-plastics-economy-understanding-the-impacts-of-bio-plastics-to-the-environment-businesses-and-society/

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PhD Student University Technology Sydney

January 29, 2019

Kesempatan untuk menjadi PhD student di Universitas Technology Sydney. Dibutuhkan satu orang PhD Student dengan specialisasi biofuel (bioethanol/biodiesel/ biomass or microalgae). Full scholarship akan disediakan. Informasi selengkapnya dapat menghubungi Dr. T.M. Indra Mahlia, Distinguished Professor, School of Information, Systems and Modelling Core Member, Centre for Advanced Modelling and Geospatial lnformation Systems, the University of Technology Sydney. Email ke tmindra.mahlia@uts.edu.au 

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PhD Swinburne Scholarship

January 29, 2019

PhD Project TitleMobile Recycling and Metals Recovery Facilities for Urban Ores: Design, Techno-economic, and Business Evaluations Position PurposeA PhD scholarship is available for a suitable candidate to undertake PhD project on “Mobile Recycling and Metals Recovery Facilities for Urban Ores: Design, Techno-economic, and Business Evaluations”. The successful applicant will carry out the PhD multi-disciplinary research work closely with Professor Akbar Rhamdhani, Dr Yoga Sembada and Dr Kwong-Ming Tse in Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. The project also involves external collaborators of: 1) MIDC (Metal Industries Development Center) – Ministry of Industry Republic of Indonesia, 2) LIPI – BPTM (Indonesian Institute of Sciences – Research Unit for Mineral Technolgy), and 3) Envirostream, Australia.

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