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Job Record #15657
TitlePore Scale Modelling of Multiphase Reactive Systems
CategoryPhD Studentship
EmployerCurtin University
LocationAustralia, Western Australia, Perth
InternationalYes, international applications are welcome
Closure DateThursday, February 28, 2019
About this scholarship

The Aberdeen-Curtin Alliance was established in early 2017, combining 500 years of academic strength, history and tradition at Scotland’s University of Aberdeen with the ambition and innovation of the rapidly growing Curtin University, based in Perth, Western Australia. The alliance offers students the opportunity to undertake a collaborative PhD in projects across a broad range of focus areas including energy and engineering, health and medicine, and business.

Project details

A better understanding of multiphase flow and reaction in porous media is critical as it underpins several essential subjects such as hydrology, energy storage, carbon sequestration, mineral processing, material manufacture, and renewable energy. It is an extremely challenging problem as it involves processes such as diffusion, chemical reaction, and advection occurring over multiple time and length scales. Evolution of pore geometry and properties due to reactions results in changes in hydrological properties, which further complicates the problem.

The main objective of the PhD project is to develop computational models and experimental methods to understand the multi‐scale physics and (surface) chemistry of the flow of complex fluids in porous media with applications in enhanced oil recovery, energy storage, renewable energy, carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), improved battery design, and clean fossil fuels. The project is an interdisciplinary research effort combining mathematical modelling with experimental work. Detailed meso‐scale computational models using direct numerical simulations will be developed based on the fundamental theories of Navier‐Stokes and the governing partial differential equations. The models will be modified to include heat transfer, mass transfer, reactions and other effects. The chemical reactions and mass transfer will lead to topological changes at the pore level, which feeds back to fluid flow. Representative experiments will be designed to aid the model validation process.

Curtin Supervisor: Dr Ranjeet Utikar, Dr Monica Gumulya and Prof Victor Calo
Aberdeen Supervisor: Prof Jos Derksen


Students undertaking a collaborative PhD under the alliance are offered a seamless international experience as well as a fully funded scholarship with living stipend. You will spend time at each institution and will be supervised by both Aberdeen and Curtin research staff.

Living stipends will be awarded to the successful applicants. The living stipend is paid by the home institution when the student is studying at the home institution, and then by the host when the student is offshore at the host institution. The stipend rates are payable at the rate for each country. Curtin University will pay it’s stipend at the Australian Government RTP scholarship base rate of AU$27, 596.00 (2019) per annum. The University of Aberdeen will pay the UK Research and Innovation National Minimum Doctoral Stipend for 2018/19 of £14,777 per annum.

Further information about the Curtin/Aberdeen scholarship entitlements will be made available through the Aberdeen and Curtin Alliance website

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NameRanjeet Utikar
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