Advanced Clean Water Treatment at Tata (ACWAT)

Key Information

The steel industry is a heavy user of water with specific consumption in the range 3 to 60 m3/tonne steel produced. At Tata Steel Port Talbot, there are a range of challenges linked to water quality and usage requiring urgent attention. One of these challenges is the condensate water which gets heavily loaded with organic and inorganic substances causing bacterial growth and upsets in the system. Other challenges include optimisation of flocculent dosage, water demineralisation, metal removal form water and water re-use opportunities. Need has hence arisen for in-depth understanding of the water quality problems at Tata and evaluation of efficient and reliable technologies to address them.

Project Aims

The overall aim of the project is to develop an in-depth understanding of the water quality issues at Tata and evaluate new treatment technologies to address them. To achieve this, the following objectives are set.

  1. Prioritise the water quality challenges to address
  2. Evaluate the type and sources of contaminants
  3. Evaluate options for minimising water contamination
  4. Evaluate potential treatment technologies - single and hybrid (e.g. AOPs, membrane, flocculation etc.)
  5. Select and scale up a suitable option.

Suitable candidate 

Background in Chemical Engineering

Academic Supervisor

Dr C Tizaoui

Sponsoring Company Tata Steel

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 £20,000 p.a.

Closing Date 28 February 2018

Start Date October 2018

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