PhD - Development, simulation and analysis of hydrometallurgical processes
Last modification : Wednesday, August 31, 2022
The ChEMaRTS research team is based at Campus Group T Leuven and deals with
the valorization of waste, residues and end-of-life streams. Currently,
ChEMaRTS counts three professors and a number of highly competent and
motivated PhD students, all active under the unit of Sustainable Materials
Processing and Recycling (SeMPeR) of the Department of Materials Engineering
(MTM) and/or under the Process Engineering for Sustainable Systems
(ProcESS) of the Department of Chemical Engineering (CIT).
The objective of this PhD research is the development, simulation and analysis
of a mechanochemically-assisted hydrometallurgical process to valorize
secondary raw materials. Principles of comminution, mechanochemistry and
extractive metallurgy will be exploited to develop the mechanochemical-
hydrometallurgical process. Principles of process engineering and
sustainability assessment will be applied to simulate this process and assess
its economic and environmental sustainability. This research is based on an
extensive laboratory activity (experiments, analysis, etc.) complemented
with computational methods (thermodynamic modeling and speciation, techno-
economic assessment, life-cycle assessment).
Definition of the conditions required to maximize the extraction and
recovery of the desired values;
elucidation of the mechanisms behind physical, chemical, and
recovery of the target metal values;
flowsheet modeling, techno-economic assessment (TEA) and/or life-cycle
multiple(2-3) Scientific publications;
The person in this position is also expected to carry out educational tasks
for about 10-15% of his/her time.
The successful candidate:
holds a Master degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, or chemical
has a solid knowledge in inorganic
has a profound interest in process development via experimental and
has a creative and problem-solving mindset and takes initiative to conduct
is an enthusiastic, enterprising team-player with resourceful ideas.
He/she is always on the look-out for improvements and is capable to
approach and solve problems in a creative and transparent way.
can assist in teaching activities through project work, exercise and lab
is fluent in English (both spoken and written).
KU Leuven is among the top universities in Europe (ranked 48th in general and
45th in engineering according to Times Higher Education world university
ranking). The Group T is located in Leuven, a historic, dynamic and lively
city located in the heart of Belgium, within 20minutes from Brussels, the
capital of the European Union, and less than two hours from Paris, London and
a full-time employment as a doctoral student for a period of one year to
be renewed every year up to 4 years upon positive evaluation;
a research position in an enticing research environment across the fields
of hydrometallurgy, process engineering and material science;
an attractive salary package, complemented with multiple benefits (health
insurance, access to university infrastructure and sports facilities,
the opportunity to participate in international conferences and the
possibility to spend a research stay atone of our international contacts;
a thorough scientific education and the possibility to obtain a PhD degree
from a highly-ranked university;
the tools required to start building an academic career (coaching,
training, networking, etc.).
For more information please contact Prof. dr. Giuseppe Granata, tel.: +32 16
32 86 62, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications should consist of a motivation letter (including contact
information of 2 referees) and a CV (including copies of diploma
certificates and transcripts at university level). You can apply for this job
no later than October 31, 2022 via the online application tool.
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regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If
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