The Department of Materials and Environmental
Chemistry (MMK) is one of the largest institutions at Stockholm
University with about 150 employees and about 2,000 students per
academic year. The teaching focuses on material chemistry and modern
characterization techniques. The main research areas are Materials for a
sustainable society, Synthesis and processing methods for sustainable
materials, and Chemical analysis and structural characterization
Lignin is an aromatic plant polymer and abundant by-product from the
pulp and paper industry. Despite its many unique properties, most of the
lignin produced today is combusted for energy, partly because there is a
shortage of value-added applications. Colloidal lignin particles have
emerged during the past few years as a new class of material with many
beneficial properties. Consequently, many new applications are in sight
and there is a growing interest in the use of colloidal lignin in
The student recruited for this position will be working on the
preparation and characterization of colloidal lignin particles within an
industrial project. The purpose of the project is to assess the
applicability of these colloidal lignin particles in industrial
products. The selected candidate will receive a stipend. The duration of
the project is six months (30 ECTS) and it will involve collaboration
and communication with the industry partner.
The MSc thesis project will be carried out in the Sustainable Materials
Chemistry (SUSMATCHEM) research group (www.sipponenlab.com ) at MMK. The
group focuses on the synthesis of lignin-based functional materials
following the principles of green chemistry. Other areas of interest
include fundamental studies on the formation and structure, as well as
functions of nanomaterials, hybrid materials, and composites in their
Laboratory work on synthesis and characterization of colloidal lignin
particles. Characterization techniques include dynamic light
scattering, electrophoretic mobility, and morphological (electron
microscopy, atomic force microscopy) analyses. The formal requirements
of the thesis project are defined by the department.
BSc degree in chemistry or materials science (180 ECTS) and at least 15
ECTS of completed coursework related to materials chemistry at the MSc
level. Candidates who have completed their studies outside of Sweden
meet the requirement in English language as explained in the website https://www.universityadmissions.se/en/entry-requirements/english-language-requirements/ . For students from non-EU countries tuition fees apply.
Applicants must have strong communication and self-management skills
with excellent knowledge in English, both written and oral. Special
emphasis will be placed on grades and research experience gained during
Terms of employment
The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of six months. Start date 2021-02-25 or as per agreement.
Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.
Application and contact
Further information about the position can be obtained from Assist.
Professor Mika Sipponen, firstname.lastname@example.org . Please express your
interest to the position by sending the following information with your
application by email:
• Cover letter
• CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience, a list
of publications (if any), contact details, language skills, contact
details for 2-3 references in a single document
You are welcome to apply!
Stockholm University contributes to the development of sustainable
democratic society through knowledge, enlightenment and the pursuit of
Closing date: 2021-03-31 (extended)
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