PhD Topic on Corrosion Behaviour of Welded Stainless-Steel Joints in Highly Corrosive Environments KU Leuven, Sint-Katelijne-Waver Sustainable Chemical Process Technology TC Belgium



The PhD topic is embedded in an interdisciplinary research line on the corrosion behaviour and sustainable use of stainless-steel structures that is being developed at the Process and Environmental Technology Lab (Prof. Raf Dewil) and the Materials and Structures Group (Prof. Barbara Rossi).



As for any other metallic materials, welding leads to the formation of a welding nugget (the core of the weld), heat-affected zones neighbouring the weld nugget and the base material. Each zone is characterized by a different microstructure that is affected by the heating and cooling phases. Also, their macroscopic shapes involve localized pits and crevices leading to the development of corrosion. Both the zones and the geometry of the weld are affected by the welding process, procedure and by the expertise of the welder himself. Investigating the influence of the presence of a weld on the overall corrosion resistance of the joints in corrosive environments such as those present in chemical industry is the subject of this project.



We are specifically offering this PhD subject to Chinese candidates, who are eligible to apply for a CSC grant (China Scholarship Council). Only candidates that meet this requirement will be considered for this PhD project. We seek candidates with a solid background in chemical engineering, materials engineering, chemistry or the like, who have profound knowledge on corrosion.


Attention! Financing for this position is not guaranteed, but a CSC grant will need to be applied for with the support of a supervisor. Applying to this position will bring you in contact with a potential supervisor.



You will carry out your PhD at KU Leuven, which is one of the leading European Universities. For the third year running KU Leuven tops Reuters ranking of Europe’s most innovative universities, a list that identifies and ranks the educational institutions doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies and power new markets and industries. In the Times Higher Education World University ranking 2019, KU Leuven was ranked 47th in the world.


You will have access to state-of-the-art equipment towards materials corrosion testing, and will work in a research team consisting of approximately 20 highly motivated researchers. The promoters commit to write the CSC proposal in close collaboration with the selected candidate and will highly support the application.



For more information please contact Prof. dr. ir. Raf Dewil, mail: or Prof. dr. ir. Barbara Rossi, mail:


You can apply for this job no later than January 15, 2019 via the online application tool

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