PhD Position in Three-Phase Reactions in Ultrasonic Reactors
Catholic University of Leuven Department of Chemical Engineering
Belgium

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.

Responsibilities

Microreaction technology has evolved into an established tool for chemical synthesis, primarily due to the enhanced mass and heat transfer coefficients obtained by decreasing the characteristic reactor length scale and thus increasing the surface-to-volume ratio. Many chemical transformations performed in microreactors involve multiple immiscible phases, and for fast reaction kinetics, interfacial mass transfer then becomes the rate limiting step.

Ultrasound has been successfully applied to overcome transport limitations in multiphase flows, and the research group has developed a wide range of ultrasound integrated flow reactors on the micro- and milli-scale. The aim of this project is to expand the application range of these reactors by applying them to industrially relevant reactions. This will include the design of a slurry reactor for the production of fine chemicals, and the scale-up of nanoparticle production.

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.

Profile

  • Requirement: PhD in Chemical Engineering or Chemistry
  • Knowledge of reaction engineering and catalysis will be regarded as a plus
  • 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.

You can apply for this job no later than April 30, 2021 via the
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.
  • Employment percentage: Voltijds
  • Location: Leuven
  • Apply before: April 30, 2021
  • Tags: Chemische Ingenieurstechnieken


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