The Assessment of Metals in WEEE For Economic Optimisation of Recycling Processes

Key Information

Project Aims

This industrial research project will support the WEEE recycling operations of Mekatek Ltd. with elemental analysis of WEEE and output fractions of recycling processes. Data from material assays will be used to:

  • Determine materials purity in output fractions
  • Optimise compositions of material flows to downstream recovery processes by blending recycling output fractions for greatest economic return
  • Evaluate substance flows in recycling for process optimisation and minimisation of losses of economically and environmentally significant metals

Suitable Candidate

Training in the use of analytical techniques will be provided but the successful candidate will be someone who is capable of independent, careful, and precise, laboratory work.    

Academic Supervisor

Dr Peter Douglas

Sponsoring Company Mekatek Ltd.

Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience. 

 Our funders require applicants to also meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • You must be a UK or EU citizen (i.e. eligible for ‘home’ tuition fees at the University) and have the right to work in Wales at the end of your studies.
  • You must be resident in West Wales and the Valleys at the point of enrolment and throughout the duration of your studies.
  • You must not be financially able to participate without the award of grant funding.

Further information regarding eligibility criteria can be found at: http://www.materials-academy.co.uk/eligibility

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises work undertaken by institutions to advance gender equality. The College of Engineering is an Athena SWAN bronze award holder and is committed to addressing unequal gender representation.


The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend of £12,500 p.a.

Closing Date 4 May 2018

Start Date October 2018

Apply Now

Informal enquiries about this studentship are welcome and may be directed by email to: M2A@swansea.ac.uk