Developing novel solid sorbents for the CO2 capture from flue gas streams

This PhD project aims to develop novel solid CO2 adsorbents that can reduce the energy requirements and the costs associated with the carbon capture from the flue gas streams and CO2 storage.

This CSIRO-RMIT co-funded scholarship will address the challenges associated to the development of next generation solid CO2 adsorbent technologies that offer lower cost capture. The purpose of this project is to explore the fundamental science around optimizing novel solid materials for CO2 capture with a particular focus on flue gas streams and the effect of other components in the stream such as NOx and SOx the sorbents. This project will develop a fundamental understanding of the mechanism of NOx and SOx interaction with the solid adsorbents.

This CSIRO-RMIT co-funded scholarship provides a stipend of $34,000 per annum pro rata (full-time) for three years and six months, with a possible extension of six months, and successful applicant will also be awarded a Tuition Fee Scholarship if required.

One scholarship available

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • Have a first-class Honours or 2A Honours or equivalent degree in a relevant discipline of engineering/science
  • be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or an international student meeting the minimum English language requirements
  • provide evidence of adequate oral and written communication skills
  • demonstrate the ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary research team
  • meet RMIT’s entry requirements for the PhD by research degree.

Interested candidates should contact Dr. Selvakannan Periasamy ( and provide:

  • a statement to outline your interest
  • an electronic copy of your academic transcripts
  • a CV that includes any publications and the contact details of 2 referees.
  • For international applicants, evidence of English proficiency may be required.

Applications are now open.

Applications will close when a suitable candidate is found.

CSIRO-RMIT co-funded PhD scholarship is available to conduct research into Carbon capture and storage. The successful candidate will have a unique opportunity to work closely with researchers from Centre for Advanced Materials and Industrial Chemistry(CAMIC) of RMIT and Scientists from CSIRO in a multi-disciplinary team environment. The project will provide numerous research and development opportunities including:

  • Development and optimization of solid CO2 adsorbents to capture the CO2 from the flue gas streams
  • Development of new approaches in carbon capture and storage

Dr. Selvakannan Periasamy (

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