Air pollution and transport emissions studentship available at King’s College London

A NERC-funded studentship is available to conduct air pollution research at King’s College London on the project outlined below. The successful applicant will join Cohort 5 of the London NERC DTP in September 2018 and will participate alongside the rest of the cohort in selected training opportunities in their first year, including Induction Week, Skills Fridays at the Natural History Museum and the 10 day California fieldtrip.

CASE research partnership: King’s College London and Robert BOSCH LTD.
Principal supervisor: Dr Sean Beevers (KCL),
Other supervisors: Dr David Green (KCL), Prof Nick Reed (BOSCH)

Non-exhaust emissions of (brake wear, tyre wear and resuspension/surface wear) particles are growing in importance; due to the adoption of Diesel exhaust Particulate Filters (DPFs) and increased non-exhaust emissions. A shift to hybrid and electric vehicles, with regenerative braking, could significantly reduce non-exhaust emissions, and so an improved quantification of these sources is a priority to inform current and future air quality and climate policy.

This PhD will create an improved non-exhaust vehicle emission inventory using King’s highly time resolved aerosol composition measurements in London. Through BOSCH, the CASE partner, the PhD will have access to industry leading brake technology to assess the impact of regenerative braking on UK emissions between now and 2050.

The project will be lead by two experienced supervisors at King’s College London (KCL) (Dr. Sean Beevers and Dr. David Green) who will provide the relevant guidance for advanced emissions inventory development and atmospheric aerosol measurements. The industry CASE partner, Robert Bosch Ltd, led by Prof Nick Reed (Head of Mobility R&D), is a world leader in mobility and braking technologies and will host the student in their London offices for up to 9 months.

During that time the student will have access to detailed brake testing information including the impacts of braking under different driving conditions, energy recovery from the regenerative braking systems and particle emission estimates. Adam Moody (Principal Analyst, Environment), Transport for London, (TfL) will be an external expert in the PhD supervision team, supporting the student with access to the London atmospheric emissions inventory and London transport and environment strategy vehicle fleet data.

Funding Notes

Student stipend of £18,777 (including London allowance and CASE partner contribution)
Additional CASE partner project funding of £37,000 in total.
Plus, NERC’s Research Training Support Grant of £11,000.

Applications are invited for four years and covering Home/EU tuition fees and a stipend. Candidates from the EU should be aware that there are some eligibility restrictions, relating to being resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the beginning of the studentship.

Please check the sponsor’s eligibility requirements before applying.


Selected publications related to this project:
Amato F et al. 2014. Urban Air Quality: The challenge of traffic non-exhaust emissions. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 275. (2014) 31-36.
Harrison RM, Jones AM, Gietl J and Yin J. 2012. Estimation of the contributions of brake dust, tyre wear and resuspension to non-exhaust traffic particles derived from atmospheric measurements. ES&T, 46, 6523-6529.
Martin L Williams, et al. 2018 health benefits from the UK Climate Change Act: a modelling study for Great Britain. Lancet Planetary Health. DOI:


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Deadline for applications is 11am, Monday 16th July 2018

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