Multiphase photochemical reactions in microreactors

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Belgium

October 10, 2021

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Multiphase photochemical reactions in microreactors

(ref. BAP-2021-695)

Last modification : Thursday, September 9, 2021

This work will be carried out in the Group of Transport Phenomena and Multiphase Systems at KU Leuven under the supervision of Prof. 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.

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Light induced transformations can be regarded as an efficient and green activation mode of organic molecules, resulting in more sustainable chemical manufacture. However, photochemistry is difficult to implement in existing large-scale batch reactor vessels, as light is characterized by a short penetration depth when traveling through an absorbing medium. Therefore, photochemical processes benefit from being performed in small-scale reactors (i.e. microreactors), as the small channel sizes significantly reduce the transport limitations of light.

This project will study the effect of inert and reactive dispersed phases on various photochemical conversion in microreactors. Special attention will be given to quantify the effect of hydrodynamics on mass transfer and residence time distributions in order to maximize the photochemical space-time yield.

We are looking for a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher with a background in chemical engineering or chemistry. The successful candidate will be offered a post-doc position to become part of our international team with global research and industry links. Funding can be initially provided for a period of 1 year, with the option of extension to 2 years.

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  • Requirement: PhD in Chemical Engineering or Chemistry
  • Knowledge of reaction engineering and photochemistry
  • Adequate English (written and verbal communication) for scientific interactions required
  • Strong motivation is a must
  • Willingness to work at interdisciplinary boundaries
  • Offer

    The successful candidate will be offered a post-doc position to become part of our international team with global research and industry links. Funding can be initially provided for a period of 1 year, with the option of extension to 2 years.

    Interested?

    For more information please contact Prof. dr. ir. Simon Kuhn, mail: simon.kuhn@kuleuven.be.

    KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.

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