The ChEMaRTS research team is based at Campus Group T Leuven and deals with the valorization of waste, residues and end-of-life streams.
Currently, ChEMaRTS counts three professors and a number of highly competent and motivated PhD students, all active under the unit of Sustainable Materials Processing and Recycling (SeMPeR) of the Department of Materials Engineering (MTM) and / or under the Process Engineering for Sustainable Systems (ProcESS) division of the Department of Chemical Engineering (CIT).
The production of chemicals, bulk materials and metals through the direct use of renewable electricity will play a major role in the transition towards a low carbon energy supply.
This PhD fits in the framework of the FIREFLY project (HORIZON-CL4-2022-TWIN-TRANSITION-01), which aims to the development of novel fully electrifiable process routes to recycle spent catalysts and regenerate new ones downstream.
The objective of this PhD research is the development of mechanochemical-hydrometallurgical methods to process spent solid catalysts for heterogeneous catalysis in the chemical industry.
Principles of comminution, mechanochemistry, and extractive metallurgy will be applied to extract metal values from the catalysts and / or prepare them for further processing.
This research involves an extensive laboratory activity based on experiments and analysis.
The person in this position is also expected to carry out educational tasks for about 10-15% of his / her time.
The successful candidate :
Any prior experience with experimental work based on mechanochemical processing, hydrometallurgy, and / or electrochemistry is considered as a plus.
KU Leuven is among the top universities in Europe (ranked 45th in general and 48th in engineering according to Times Higher Education world university ranking).
Campus Group T is located in Leuven, a historic, dynamic and lively city located in the heart of Belgium, within 20 minutes from Brussels, the capital of the European Union, and less than two hours from Paris, London and Amsterdam.
We offer :
You can apply for this job no later than October 31, 2022 via the online application tool