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 ℗) 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 — Disease and production monitoring using Big Data analytics

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 — 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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