Postdoctoral position in Microparticle and Droplet Formation and Manipulation in Microfluidic Devices
Microfluidics is an exciting and rapidly growing field leading to many exciting novel concepts and impact in a variety of disciplines. The production of tailored monodisperse droplets and functional particles with is highly promising for e.g. pharmaceutical, textile and sensor industries, but the main hurdle for valorization is the limited throughput of microfluidic (e.g. nozzle type of) devices. In the present project, we will tackle this problem by further developing, broadening the scope and further optimizing our patented 3D nozzle array emulsifier concept. With this concept, we can produce several 100 kg of product per day, paving the road for valorization of a variety of droplet-based applications.
The research will take place at the Free University of Brussels (supervision of Prof. Wim De Malsche). The vacancy concerns in first instance a 1y post-doc position. Continuation on other ongoing projects after this 1y period is possible.
Your work will be very versatile, offering to learn different aspects of microfluidics. One goal is aiming at achieving in situ polymerization of microdroplets in microfluidic devices. A second is applying a monolayer on the channel surface of a silicon chip. Third, microparticles will be manipulated in micron-sized channel flows. To develop an efficient design, simulations of the flow behavior will be made.
You have a PhD in chemistry, chemical engineering, physics, material sciences, or electrochemistry. Knowledge of emulsions, simulation tools (Comsol), particle control, polymerization, surface coatings is considered advantageous. You are creative, are comfortable with both experimental and theoretical work, can function independently as well as in team. You have at least a working knowledge of English.
The vacancy description can be viewed here: Postdoctoral position in Microparticle and Droplet Formation and Manipulation in Microfluidic Devices
Posted online on December 19th, 2018
PhD position (f/m) Liquid Chromatography / microfluidic chips
Goals of the project: The project aims at designing and developing novel microfluidic devices to enhance the coupling between multi-dimensional LC separations and to advance the hyphenation of LC to detector technology. In particular, the PhD student will develop a chip device to couple a first-dimension electro-driven separation to pressure-driven separations, i.e. aiming at spatial 2D- and 3D-LC separations. To enlarge the range of mobile-phase additives to broaden chromatographic selectivity, and to make “incompatible” mobile-phase system compatible, microfluidic membrane technology will be developed to remove target ions from the solvent system. The principles will be incorporated on chips allowing for sample transfer between columns in a multi-dimensional LC set-up and after the chromatographic separations prior to the detector.
Admission requirements: Applicant must hold a master’s degree in the field of (analytical) chemistry or (bio)chemical engineers with interest in analytical science. Previous experience in the field of separation science as well as a broad interest in analytical sciences will be important selection criteria, as well as motivation, independence, and creativity. The successful candidate has excellent English communication and writing skills. After initial selection via a conference call, the candidate should be able to come to Brussels for a lab visit and interview.
Application procedure: Interested applicants should send an application letter, a brief description of research ideas relevant to the project, your curriculum vitae, grade list, and two recent letters of recommendation as a single PDF via e-mail to: Prof. dr. S. Eeltink, email@example.com
The full vacancy description can be found in the following document: PhD position (f/m) Liquid Chromatography / microfluidic chips.
Posted online on October 1st, 2018.
PhD researcher in Carbon Capture
The adsorption team of the Department of Chemical Engineering (Prof. J. Denayer) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel aims at the development of better and sustainable separation processes. In the present project, new methods for CO2 capture are studied. 2 PhD positions are available. This research fits in a larger project, aiming at the catalytic reduction of CO2 to Solar Fuels and Chemicals. Research activities in these PhD projects include the formulation of new materials (3D-printing); characterization of the adsorption properties of the materials via a range of experimental methods (gravimetry, volumetry, calorimetry, porosimetry,…) available in the research group; modeling of the adsorptive separation process.
Preferably, the candidate owns a degree in Chemical Engineering, Bio-engineering or (Physical) Chemistry. Experience is a plus.
The candidates should contact Prof. Joeri Denayer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send a complete Curriculum Vitae, with a recent photograph, and the names of two leading scientists who are ready to support your application and recommend you as an active, creative and autonomous researcher, ready to work in a team. For more information, please check the vacancy description: PhD researcher in Carbon Capture.
Posted online on May 15th, 2018.
Postdoctoral Researcher in Pressure Swing Adsorption
The adsorption team of the Department of Chemical Engineering (Prof. J. Denayer) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (http://vubchemicalengineering.be) aims at the development of better and sustainable separation processes. In the present project, an industrial Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) process is optimized. A fully equipped 2-bed pilot PSA unit is available in the research unit, allowing to obtain very accurate data for the cyclic separation process. In this project, pilot plant tests will be combined with detailed modeling of the PSA process to achieve an improvement of process performance in terms of power consumption, productivity etc. Besides, a full characterization of the adsorption properties of the materials used in this separation will be carried out via a range of experimental methods (gravimetry, volumetry, calorimetry, porosimetry,…) available in the research group.
Preferably, the candidate owns a PhD Degree in Chemical Engineering and a doctor’s degree in adsorption. Experience in modeling of Pressure Swing Adsorption and/or Temperature Swing Adsorption and/or Simulated Moving Bed is a plus.
All details can be found in the following document: Postdoctoral Researcher in Pressure Swing Adsorption.
Posted online on May 15, 2018.
PhD and post-doc: Spontaneous applications
Spontaneous applications are always welcomed and reviewed with interest.
We offer a young, dynamic and stimulating work environment, contacts and collaboration with leading research groups and companies, the possibility to present research results at international conferences, and extra-legal benefits such as free public transport, biking fee for work traffic, use of sports facilities and student restaurant at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
The research areas within our research group can be found on this website, so feel free to check them out.
Profile for PhD: Preferably, you own a Master Degree in (Chemical) Engineering, Chemistry or Bio-engineering. You have the intention to work towards a PhD and you fulfill the requirements to subscribe as a doctoral student. You are able to work independently and accurately. You can work together with other people and have good communicative skills (written and oral). You have a good knowledge of English, good knowledge of Dutch is a plus.
Profile for post-doc: Preferably, you own a PhD in (Chemical) Engineering, Chemistry or Bio-engineering. You have the necessary skills and expertise to work in the department’s research areas. You are able to work independently and accurately. You can work together with other people and when necessary guide fellow researchers in the research topic. You have good communicative skills (written and oral). You have a good knowledge of English, good knowledge of Dutch is a plus.
Application and contact: According to the desired research topic, the candidates should contact the relevant lead scientist (check the names under academic staff here and under the research area descriptions here).