Occupation : Full-time
Period : Fixed-term contract
Place : Leuven
Apply no later than : May 31, 2017
We are looking for a motivated student with a background in chemical engineering and an interest in multiphase flow chemistry and transport processes.
This work will be carried out as a PhD project in the Group of Transport Phenomena and Multiphase Systems at KU Leuven under the supervision of Prof. dr. Simon Kuhn. We also form part of the larger Process Engineering for Sustainable Systems (ProcESS) group at the Department of Chemical Engineering with expertise in process intensification, use of alternative energy sources and membrane technology.
Despite the many successfulapplications of continuous flow reactors in the manufacturing of chemical compounds,one major drawback greatly limiting their use is their susceptibility tochannel clogging for flows containing particulate matter. Ultrasoundintegration strategies have been developed for microfluidic devices, howeverthe scale-up of this technology in continuous flow reactors to an industriallyrelevant scale has not been addressed so far.
Hence, the aim of theoffered PhD position is to design ultrasound integrated milli-scale flowreactors which prevent channel clogging and reduce wall fouling due to the presenceof particles. These developed reactors will then be applied to nanoparticlesynthesis and the crystallization of organic molecules. In addition to cloggingprevention, hydrodynamic studies will identify the optimum flow and mixingregimes to obtain particles of specific size, size distribution, purity, and morphology.
Theproject is embedded in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie ETN program “COSMIC”, aninitial training network for new PhD students which is dedicated to intensifiedprocesses, where continuous technologies use alternative energy sources toachieve the localized ultrasound and microwave actuation of multiphase,milliflow reactors for the purpose of high-value product synthesis. Furthermore,the student will be trained in the COSMIC graduate school, covering training inscientific, personal and complementary skills. The student will also perform secondmentsat our academic and industrial partners.
We are looking for highly motivated students, who can perform a Ph.D. project onthis challenging topic.
Importantly, applicants must also meet the requirements of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Conditions of Mobility of Researchers. Researchers can be of any nationality and are required to undertaketransnational mobility. This means that researchers must not have resided attheir host beneficiary for more than 12 months in the past 3 years.
Thesuccessful candidate will be offered a PhD position to become part of ourinternational team with global research links to work towards a PhD. Funding can be provided for a period of 3 years.
For more information please contact Prof. dr. ir. Simon Kuhn, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can apply for this job no later than May 31, 2017 via the online application tool