PhD Position - Mechanochemical Processing in Recycling
Last modification : Friday, August 26, 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) division of the Department of Chemical Engineering (CIT).
The production of chemicals, bulk materials and metals through the direct use
of renewable electricity will play a major role in the transition towards a
low carbon energy supply. This PhD fits in the framework of the FIREFLY
project (HORIZON-CL4-2022-TWIN-TRANSITION-01), which aims to the development
of novel fully electrifiable process routes to recycle spent catalysts and
regenerate new ones downstream. The objective of this PhD research is the
development of mechanochemical-hydrometallurgical methods to process spent
solid catalysts for heterogeneous catalysis in the chemical industry.
Principles of comminution, mechanochemistry, and extractive metallurgy will be
applied to extract metal values from the catalysts and/or prepare them for
further processing. This research involves an extensive laboratory activity
based on experiments and analysis.
Definition of the conditions required to maximize the extraction and
recovery of the desired values;
Elucidation of the mechanisms behind mechanochemical activation and/or
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, materials
science or other comparable discipline;
has a solid knowledge of inorganic chemistry and statistical methods;
has a profound interest in circular economy policies and experimental
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 chemistry and chemical engineering disciplines
through project work, exercise and lab sessions.
is fluent in English (both spoken and written).
Any prior experience with experimental work based on mechanochemical
processing, hydrometallurgy, and/or electrochemistry is considered as a plus.
KU Leuven is among the top universities in Europe (ranked 45th in general and
48th in engineering according to Times Higher Education world university
ranking). Campus Group T is located in Leuven, a historic, dynamic and lively
city located in the heart of Belgium, within 20 minutes 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,
agreement to be renewed every year, up to 4 years upon positive
a research position in an enticing research environment across the fields
of hydrometallurgy, process engineering and materials 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 1632
8662, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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