1 PhD position available for EU project (ITN-European Joint Doctorate) NOWELTIES

Updated: 10 months ago
Deadline: 28 Oct 2019

NOWELTIES - Joint PhD Laboratory for New Materials and Inventive Water Treatment Technologies. Harnessing resources effectively through innovation is a Marie Sklodowska Curie Action European Joint Doctorate (EJD) project (programme Innovative Training Networks (ITN) of Horizon 2020). Its primary objective is to organize a platform that will provide cutting edge training opportunities for the education of tomorrow`s water treatment experts. The core activity is the research programme (composed of 14 individual research projects) aimed at development of inventive water treatment technologies (advanced biological treatments, innovative oxidation processes, hybrid systems) that allow catering for the varied treatment demands for a plethora of interconnected streams arising from recycling loops. These technologies will be able to control contamination by organic micropollutants (OMPs) and improve recovery of water across a diversity of scales enabling a smart combination of decentralized and centralised approaches. Besides a holistic training in the field of wastewater treatment dealing with state-of-the-art technologies, experimental techniques and knowledge management methodologies, NOWELTIES will provide a unique training approach to learning complex complementary skills leading to independent and critical thinking which seeks for originality and innovation.

We are looking for a post-graduate researchers (Early Stage Researchers - ESR), specialized in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Environmental engineering, Materials Engineering, Environmental science, or similar.

Candidate should have a strong interest in (waste)water treatment and interdisciplinary research including bioprocesses for wastewater treatment, nanotechnology, and fate of organic and inorganic contaminants in engineered treatment systems.

The position is offered for 3 years for the following individual research project:

Fellow code: ESR 7

Title of individual research project

Surface modification and functionalisation of adsorbent materials

Host institution

Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy (TMF), Belgrade, Serbia

Double doctorate degree

  • Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy (TMF), Belgrade, Serbia
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture (FSB) , Zagreb, Croatia
  • Brief description of individual research project

    Nano-engineered adsorbents offer great potential for water innovations, in particular for decentralized treatment systems, point-of-use (POU) and point-of-entry (POE) devices and for removing non-degradable contaminants. This ESR project will study processes for surface modification and functionalisation of inorganic (natural zeolites) and carbon based (graphene oxide (GO) and reduced graphene oxide (RGO) adsorbents aimed to improve their sorptive characteristic and applicability in wastewater treatment. Sorbent surface will be modified to improve adsorptive efficiency and surface polarity using two approaches: 1) impregnation by different oxides (using thermal and mechano-chemical treatments) and biopolymers (wet impregnation of chitin, alginate) and 2) use of environmental friendly non-equilibrium plasmas operating at atmospheric and low pressures for enhanced performance of the adsorbents. Plasma–surface interactions will tune physical, chemical, and morphological properties of adsorbents.


    Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture (FSB) , Zagreb, Croatia – 8 months

    Supervisory team

    Nevenka Rajic (TMF)

    Lidija Curkovic (FSB)

    Nikola Skoro (IPB)

    Educational requirements

    Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Environmental engineering, Materials Engineering, Environmental science, or similar.

    Other specific requirements

    Previous experience in experimental research-like activities (e.g. demonstrated in the form of master thesis work) in the field of (waste)water treatment, material sciences or plasma processing will be considered a plus.

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