PhD UK/EU Studentship: Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Multi-Phase Flows in Porous Media

open until filled
Natural Sciences, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, United Kingdom

(3-year fully-funded PhD studentship with Professor Lynn Gladden, Dr. Andrew Sederman and Dr. Mick Mantle. The studentship is funded by Shell. Project to start 1 October 2017.) Due to funding regulations, this studentship is only available to UK and EU nationals. Students must meet the eligibility criteria at:

The need to improve our understanding of multi-component systems of liquids and gases moving within porous structures is of widespread importance in the chemical and process industries. The motivation for this project is to advance the application of magnetic resonance techniques to study multi-phase flows in rock cores with the aim of understanding the mechanism by which injection fluids displace oil from the pore structure of the rock. If this can be done more efficiently, fewer bore holes need be drilled and significantly more oil recovered from existing wells. Magnetic resonance techniques are uniquely placed to address this research challenge because they can acquire data from within optically opaque materials and provide quantitative data on fluid flow behaviour that can be made specific to different chemical species. In the Magnetic Resonance Research Centre we are able to apply these methods to rock cores under conditions of temperatures and pressure relevant to the oil field. The aims of this project are:

(i) To spatially resolve chemically-specific measurements of oil and water diffusion and flow within rocks (ii) To increase the spatial resolution of these measurements by at least an order of magnitude relative to that which is currently possible (iii) Apply these methods to real fluid-rock systems to gain an improved understanding of oil displacement processes in rocks.

The project is based in Cambridge but the student will have the opportunity to interact with collaborators in Shell and Imperial College, London.

Applicants for the studentship should have a First Class (or a high 2:1) degree in a relevant discipline such as chemical engineering, engineering, chemistry or physics.

To apply for the studentship:

Include the Vacancy Reference number LFGPHD001A in the subject line of your email.

Send your CV, to include grades/marks received in relevant examinations, to by 17:00 on 19 May 2017.

Please quote reference LFGPHD001A on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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