Research course

Low energy water quality monitoring of toxic metals

Lancaster University · Faculty of Science and Technology

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a 2:1 or higher undergraduate degree in a related discipline.

Application deadline: 6th April 2017

Months of entry


Course content

An exciting and challenging research programme in collaboration with Process Instruments (UK) Ltd, and based in the Department of Chemistry will investigate low energy solutions to toxic metal monitoring for the water industry. The separation technique of isotachophoresis will be applied to eliminate the need for costly and short shelf-life chemical reagents usually associated with on-line toxic metal measurements in the field. Such a reduction in instrument service interval could save up to 1320kg of CO2 for a single heavy metals analyser.

The partners seek a high achieving graduate in chemistry, or a closely related subject, with a keen interest in analytical measurements, environmental monitoring, and industrial instrumentation. The successful candidate will be self-motivated, dynamic and a team player who will strengthen the partnership between the sponsoring company and the academic department. The principal objective of this exciting research project will be to foster high quality academic research that leads to an innovative solution to the reduction of energy consumption simultaneously with the development of a new product range for Process Instruments (UK) Ltd.

This doctoral research project will be supervised by Lancaster University and Process Instruments (UK) Ltd. Process Instruments (UK) Ltd develops and manufactures analysers and controllers for the water and related industries. The company is a high growth, high-tech, manufacturing enterprise with 23 employees, which has been growing at over 15% p.a. over 7 years. The company exports more than 50% of its turnover and is accredited to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, we need you to have an appropriate qualification in English i.e. A score of 6.5 in IELTS (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component), or a minimum overall mark of 93 in TOEFL.

Please also note that tuition fees of £12,964 per year will need to be paid upfront by international students.

Fees and funding

UK students
Fully funded for EU/UK students, fees paid by business partner.
International students

This position is fully funded for UK/EU students, meaning that the tuition fees are paid for by the partner business. Fees for Non EU/UK graduates are subsidised from £17,085 per year to £12,964 per year.

You will also receive a tax-free stipend of £15,000 per year (regardless of nationality).

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Centre for Global Eco-Innovation