Engineers at the University of Liverpool (UK) are looking for students from India to join an international research team investigating the development of environmental-friendly materials for use in construction industries around the world.
Researchers at the University’s Centre for Engineering Sustainability are exploring the use of recycled demolition waste in construction materials, as well as how recycled glass could be used in ultra high-strength concrete pavement flags that are resistant to accidental damage caused by vehicles. The team, which comprises postgraduate students from all over the world, is also aiming to replace cement in concrete construction products with waste materials of high silicon dioxide content.
India has long been recognised as one of the most active in developing innovative solutions to the challenges faced in construction and materials engineering. Marios Soutsos, from the University’s School of Engineering, travelled to India in May this year to talk to students about his research and he is now inviting postgraduate applicants to work with his team at Liverpool in September.
Soutsos said: “The Indian Institute of Technology and the Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai, as well as the American Concrete Institute in India are examples of some of the big organisations that have driven forward rapid developments in the country’s construction industry. The research skills of graduates from universities in India have contributed to some of the most successful construction projects in the country, such as the Bandra Worli Sealink and the JJ Hospital Flyover. We are looking to work with graduates from India who are interested in pursuing research in sustainable materials.”
Postgraduate research degrees at the university run for three years and to apply for the same, students should have a class 2.1 engineering degree or better. Individual consideration is given to mature engineers with significant experience with professional qualifications. A good standard of English is also required at ELTS 6.0. Alternatively, students should successfully complete the appropriate pre-sessional English language course.