Please refer to the D-Carbonize project page for further information and project description: https://dcarbonizeproject.eu/dc-positions/
You can apply here: https://dcarbonizeproject.eu/play/
The D-carbonize consortium is seeking a PhD students (Doctoral Candidate – DC) to work in a multidisciplinary & interdisciplinary team formed by 6 academic research groups, 5 companies and 1 industry association, offering excellent research and training both in R&D and entrepreneurship.
The DC will be hosted by a network of highly renowned European experts and leading companies in CO2 catalysis and polymer development, allowing them to perform cutting-edge research in the most innovative environments and with a multidisciplinary spin involving different topics such as homo- and heterogeneous catalysis, sustainable monomer/macromolecular design, polymer chemistry, thermoplastics, process scalability, depolymerization strategies, process optimization and high-throughput approaches.
Synthesis of polycarbonates and polyamides using reactive extrusion (REx)
“To demonstrate the feasibility to produce polycarbonates and/or polyamides by using reactive extrusion (REX), which is considered a greener technology being a continuous process, which minimizes and even avoids the use of solvents and also reduces reaction times and overall energy consumption. Alternative monomers capable of being produced from CO2 will be considered to produce those polycarbonates and/or polyamides." REx has significant value as it is a process that can be easily adapted to an industry infrastructure. The design of these synthetic approaches at AIMPLAS will be addressed considering a broad selection of process parameters and conditions such as residence time, temperature, screw configuration, catalyst type (commercial and developed in the project) in different concentrations and relative ratio of the monomers. The polymers developed will be broadly characterized to evaluate macromolecular, mechanical, thermal and rheological properties, thus, in particular molar mass, intrinsic viscosity, and so on, will be monitored.”
The studies will be started at lab scale in a Haake Minilab Extruder, which will be further evaluated at larger scale in a Brabender rheometer. Technical and economic feasibility has been evaluated in order to test higher scale in twin-screw extruders at pilot plants in AIMPLAS. Additionally, and along the technical viability evaluation of scaling-up, process simulations will be considered by using software such as Ludovic® and evaluating the screw designs.
Selected process towards polycarbonates and/or polyamides) will be optimized and obtained polymer material(s) will be characterized in-depth. Feasibilities studies will be carried out, including a state-of-the-art survey to identify a range of biopolymers grades that can be obtained by REX, and their potential applications as well as potential market sector.
Thus, bearing in mind capabilities and AIMPLAS expertise, a review of the obtained material(s) possibilities will be considered for extrusion, injection process, as well as compounding or suitability towards coating preparation. Technical viability of these possibilities will be discussed to identify needs for further developments. At CNRS, polymerization studies will focus on the design of novel CO2-sourced polycarbonates and/or polyamides, through the synthesis by (co)-polymerization in solution or in bulk, and characterization of the polymers derived from dienyl-lactone platform molecules.
Secondment: the project involves a three-months research stay at TOTAL Energies facilities (Belgium) under the supervision of Dr. Martine Slawinski (the synthesized polymers will be tested in thermoplastic applications).
Enrolment in Doctoral degree: DC11 will be enrolled in UPV (University Politècnica of València) and URennes (University of Rennes), obtaining two PhD titles, according to a specific agreement between the two universities.
Candidates should have an excellent academic record, strong commitment to scientific research and a solid working knowledge of English
▪ Solid and proven expertise in polymerization. A background in organic, organometallic chemistry and catalysis will be highly considered. ▪ Candidates must have a Master’s or an equivalent degree in the area of Chemistry or related disciplines that must be completed by the time of admission in the PhD programmes (1st trimester 2024).
Researchers must be doctoral candidates (not already in possession of a doctoral degree at the date of recruitment)
▪ Recruited researchers can be of any nationality and must comply with the following mobility rule: must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, et.) in the country of the main host institution for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before the recruitment date (1st trimester 2024)
Local Eligibility Criteria:
For AIMPLAS: You must have a master’s degree or at least 300 ECTS (of which at least 60 ECTS belong to the master’s degree) or an equivalent degree which allows you to start a PhD
For CNRS: You must have a master’s degree in Chemistry
Application form will include the upload of the following information:
Copy of B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees with annexes (academic records). If annexes do not include the number of total ECTS credits a certificate from the institution awarding the degree will be required. If not originally in English, an official translation could be requested.
Proof of English proficiency, preferably, by the submission of a B2 certificate, First Certificate, IELTS 6 or equivalent. This certificate is not mandatory but desirable, and alternatively candidates will be interviewed to assess their English level. Applicants from Anglosphere (UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) are exempt from this requirement.
Motivation letter (maximum 2 pages)
Contact details of two referees. Note that referees will be only contacted for short-listed candidates
Host institution (s) * AIMPLAS – Plastics Technology Centre (Spain) * Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) – Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes (ISCR) – UMR CNRS 6226 - France
Supervisor (s): Dr. Belén Monje & Prof. Sophie Guillaume
Complete applications are written in English and include:
A complete application form.
A letter of motivation (maximum 2 pages).
Diploma and academic record* of both the bachelor’s and the master’s degree. If not originally in English, an official translation could be requested.
Contact details of two referees (Note that referees will be only contacted for short-listed candidates).
Proof of English language proficiency.
* The academic record must include the range of marks used in the corresponding countries and the minimum mark to pass, as well as the hours or ECTS and marks for each subject.
Application deadline: Open until filled Selection process: The interviews will take place online For more information:https://dcarbonizeproject.eu/dc-positions/ Contact person: Anna Banet (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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