DESCRIPTION: Marine/beach plastics will be converted in liquid energy carriers and chemicals via (catalytic) pyrolysis. Different reactor technologies such as a conventional fluidized and a new, disruptive reactor concept making use of rotating beds will be used. In the integrated approach of the problem, besides kinetic modeling and reactor engineering, focus will be given on the optimal feedstock selection to optimize individual yields of desired product(s) depending on the feed (thermosetting versus thermo-softening polymer). Next to the development of the reactor technologies, efforts will be made on the further catalytic upgrade of pyrolysis oil fraction, purification and separation of valuable compounds.
OBJECTIVES: Chemical recycling will become one of the key technologies to enable the EU ambitions towards a circular economy. Therefore, novel reactors and catalysts need to be designed able to convert plastic waste to valuable gaseous or liquid products for in situ and ex-situ (catalytic) pyrolysis. By performing well-chosen experiments in combination with theoretical work, optimal chemical recycling strategies will be selected. UG’s and AUTH’s creativity and expertise in experimentation and modelling will produce ground-breaking results and concepts.
PLANNED SECONDMENTS: AUTH for catalyst synthesis and characterization of novel high selective aluminosilicates (M13-M18), AVGI for modelling of chemical recycling processes (M36-M38)
Profile of the candidate
Knowledge or prior experience in analytical chemistry, organic chemical synthesis, and/or chemical engineering
Excellent communication and organization skills Fluent in written and spoken English
Strong team player skills and enthusiasm about working self-dependently in interdisciplinary environments
How to apply
Applicants need to complete an application form (www.c-planet.eu) including:
A detailed CV listing education, work experience, publications, relevant other activities, … (Europass format obliged) Motivation: a) why you want to do a PhD?; b) why are you applying for this specific topic? A language certificate (IELTS min. 7, TOEFL internet-based min. 90 or similar level as proven by other tests), if available At least one recommendation letter (academic reference) Transcript(s) of previous academic records
Applicants need to fully respect three eligibility criteria (to be demonstrated in the CV):
Early-stage researchers (ESR) are those who are, at the time of recruitment by the host, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was envisaged. Conditions of international mobility of researchers: Researchers are required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up the appointment. At the time of selection by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.
English language: Network fellows (ESRs) must demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken
English is sufficiently high for them to derive the full benefit from the network training.
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