Portable Hand-washing Facility using Bio-based Materials for Sustainable Water Treatment: Increase Pandemic Preparedness

Portable Hand-washing Facility using Bio-based Materials for Sustainable Water Treatment: Increase Pandemic Preparedness

Eligibility: UK/EU graduates with the required entry requirements

Funding details: Bursary plus tuition fees (UK/EU) 

Duration: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline: Friday 14th August 2020

Interview dates: Interview date in early August will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: September 2020 or January 2021

To find out more about the project, please contact Dr Anna Bogush.

PhD Details

The current COVID-19 pandemic showed us that safely managed water, sanitation, and hygiene services are critical to prevent and protect human health (WHO, 2020). According to Otto et al. (2020), about 3 billion people, 40% of the world’s population, lack access to basic hand-washing facilities in their homes, that can cause dramatic effects during pandemic. Health organizations advise washing hands more frequently and at least 20 seconds to prevent outbreaks (WHO, 2020; The World Bank, 2020).

The main goal of this project is to develop a portable hand-washing facility using bio-based materials for sustainable water treatment. This cost-effective facility will increase access to hand-washing water, provide possibility to treat & reuse used water on site and will help to increase pandemic preparedness.

This project is aligned with the mission of GCRF supporting cutting-edge research addressing the challenges faced by low and middle-income countries (LMIC). Also, this project is closely aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals: 6. Clean Water and Sanitation and 3. Good Health and Well-being.


The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills. All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

Candidate Specification

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area such as Environmental engineering, chemistry, materials science with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average.
    PLUS the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
  • A minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)

For further details see: https://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-students/making-an-application/ 

Additional requirements:

  • MSc/BSc in Environmental engineering, chemistry, materials science
  • Strong interest in interdisciplinary research
  • Experience in laboratory and experimental work
  • Some knowledge of statistics and data analysis
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Effective time management and organisation skills

How to Apply

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

To find out more about the project please contact Dr Anna Bogush.

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