Are you eager to work on making the world a better place? This PhD position aims to develop new types of composites focusing on the replacement of non- renewable raw materials by sustainable and circular resources.
Irène Curie Fellowship
Fiber-reinforced polymers (FRP) have been used for decades in many applications (civil engineering, aerospace, marine infrastructure…) because of their excellent properties and good durability. However, the embodied energy of these materials is very high and there is no clear solution to properly recycle these materials after their lifespan. Nowadays, FRPs account for more than 400,000 tons of waste per year with the building sector being responsible for 40% of this amount. The main objective of this project is to develop fiber-reinforced polymer by focusing on various types of either sustainable resources (e.g. natural fibers) or circular materials, such as windmill blade waste. Moreover, the polymer matrix is also studied in order to improve the circularity and sustainability of the whole composite. This project is part of the Horizon 2020 EU project “Blades2Build”, in collaboration with several industries and universities in Europe.
The candidate will join the Building Materials group which contains 25 PhDs, 1 postdoc, 3 assistant professors, 1 associate professor, and 2 full professors. This research group works on new, sustainable, and circular building materials containing or synthesized from secondary raw materials with good chemical, physical and aesthetic properties, and added functionalities. Examples are natural fibers, fly ashes, nano-silica, aerogels, slags or recycled aggregates. Functionalities, including fire resistance, air purification, self-cleaning, high performance, and hydrophobicity, are investigated and developed for these building materials. Moreover, durability and sustainability, such as the degradation of, or leaching from, building materials when exposed to aggressive service environments, are studied. The investigations are carried out based on experimental observations and modeling.
The research group possesses a well-equipped, state-of-the-art building material laboratory for physical/chemical/mechanical/environmental treatment and testing, and has access to the structural design laboratory at the same department, and shares facilities with the sister Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. The group has close contacts with the building material industry and frequently cooperating with other researchers, both domestic and international.Job requirements
A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:
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