PhD position From Waste to Feed, development of novel Ceramic Nanofiltration Membranes

The University Of Twente is searching for a PhD position From Waste to Feed, development of novel Ceramic Nanofiltration Membranes

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Many industrial processes produce large amounts of aqueous waste streams (10 – 100 m³/h), contaminated with, e.g. solvents or other organic components. Treatment of these streams requires substantial amounts of energy and chemicals. Implementation of nanofiltration membranes can lead to significant energy savings. To develop suitable ceramic nanofiltration membranes, a new international project will start in Q4, 2020. In this project novel, low fouling, silicon-carbide nanofiltration membranes will be developed. First, a layer with nanopores will be applied by either pyrolysis of a pre-ceramic polymer or by the use of suspension coating techniques. To further decrease the pore size, the top of this layer will subsequently be modified with atomic layer deposition (ALD), a self-limiting gas-phase technique for growing atomic-scale thin films. The ALD technology will enable us to tune the pore size of the resulting membrane on an atomic scale. The performance of the developed membranes will be tested in filtration experiments, using industrial waste stream as well as surface water. In the project, two PhD students (one in the Inorganic Membranes group of the University of Twente and the other in Delft University of Technology), six companies, and two institutes will join their forces. The Inorganic Membranes group is part of the Membrane Science & Technology cluster of the University of Twente in the Netherlands

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You are a highly motivated and enthusiastic researcher (F/M), having a MSc degree in chemical engineering or a closely related subject area. We encourage strong communication skill and interest in sharing knowledge, presenting at conferences and (project) meetings, and publication in peer-reviewed journals. Creativity, with a hands-on mentality, are valued highly. Proficiency in English is required, both spoken and written.


We want you to play a key role in a results-oriented project in an inspiring and stimulating international work environment.

  • We provide excellent mentorship and a stimulating, state-of-the-art research environment with world-class research facilities.
  • We offer an excellent and stimulating scientific environment with an attractive campus and lots of facilities for sports and leisure. The university provides a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda.
  • You will have a fulltime employment contract for four years and can participate in all employee benefits the UT offers.
  • The gross monthly salary starts with € 2.395,- in the first year and increases to € 3.061,- in the fourth year of your employment;
  • You will receive a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • The research will result in a Ph.D. thesis at the end of the employment period.

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The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply. 

Within the TNW Faculty (Faculty of Science & Technology) of the University of Twente some 700 staff members and 2000 students are involved in training and research on the interface of chemical technology, applied physics and biomedical technology. Fields of application include sustainable energy, process technology and materials science, nanotechnology and technical medicine. Research, which enjoys a high profile both at home and internationally, has been accommodated in the multidisciplinary research institutes MESA+ and MIRA. The faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders.


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