PhD: Computational design and optimization of water purification systems

Loughborough University

Loughborough, UK 🇬🇧

Project details

Filtering dirt and/or other particles out of water by passing it through a porous membrane is not just crucial to healthy living but it is also involved in a huge range of engineering processes in the medical, pharmaceutical, biotechnological, and chemical sectors. The optimal design of such filters typically relies on time-consuming and expensive experimental work.

In this project, you will use mathematical modelling to develop computer-based models of filters that will allow for the rapid changing of design parameters such as membrane permeability and fluid density to optimize new designs without having to manufacture physical prototypes, thus reducing the time and cost of experimental testing. The computational models you will develop will be highly efficient and accurate by using model order reduction methods (namely, proper generalized decomposition) and domain decomposition techniques.


Dr Marco Discacciati

Tel: +441509 223448


Entry requirements

Our entry requirements are listed using standard UK undergraduate degree classifications i.e. first-class honours, upper second-class honours and lower second-class honours. To learn the equivalent for your country, please choose it from the drop-down below.

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

Students should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Applied Mathematics or a related subject. A relevant master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: mathematical modelling, numerical methods, and computer programming. Enthusiasm, creativity, critical thinking, and willingness to work as part of a team are expected from all applicants.

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2022/23 entry

UK fee: Fully funded full-time degree per annum

International fee: Fully funded full-time degree per annum

Find out more about research degree funding

Please note that studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and other advertised projects starting with advert reference ‘SCI23-’ in the School of Science.

If awarded, the studentship is for 3 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £17,668 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK rate. While we welcome applications from international students, please be advised that the total value of the studentship will cover the international tuition fee only.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select Mathematical Sciences. Please quote the advertised reference number: SCI23-MD in your application. See studentship assessment criteria.

To avoid delays in processing your application, please ensure that you submit the minimum supporting documents.





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