Exploring the potential of Plasma Activated Water

Description

 We are seeking an enthusiastic engineer to tackle an exciting cross disciplinary project at the interface between engineering, physics and biology. The project will explore the generation of Plasma Activated Water (PAW) for food security related applications. Recently it has been discovered that the treatment of water with a cold gas plasma introduces exciting new properties that are beneficial for a range of high impact applications - from the direct treatment of food to improve shelf-life, to decontamination of food processing equipment and even the improved germination of seeds. 

Given the considerable promise of the technology there’s an urgent need to develop a pilot scale PAW system that can be used to generate results with real industrial relevance. This PhD project will focus on the development of a large scale PAW generation system and it’s optimisation for a variety of food security application. The appointed person will work in the Liverpool Centre for Plasma Microbiology alongside engineers, physicists and microbiologists, providing an exciting opportunity to acquire new knowledge and skills in a multidisciplinary environment. The PhD project is part of a large multinational research collaboration providing an opportunity to work with multiple overseas partners and undertake a six month secondment in Norway.

The ideal candidate will have a strong background in mechanical, chemical or electrical engineering, with a willingness to learn new skills in the area of plasma science and microbiology.

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