PhD scholarship in Plastic Pyrolysis and Product Characterization

The CHEC Research Centre at the Chemical Engineering Department invites applications for a PhD position with a starting date of 1 August 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. The PhD project will be carried out at the Biomass Gasification Group (BGG) within the CHEC Research Centre.

At the CHEC Research Centre, we focus on chemical engineering principles applied in combustion, harmful emission control, gasification, catalysis, continuous production of pharmaceuticals and advanced measuring technology. At BGG/CHEC we have large experience with pyrolysis processes and product characterization.

Recycling of plastic waste is gaining more attention and it presents an alternative to combustion or disposal of plastic waste. Some types of plastics, such as PMMA and PEX are not applicable for direct recycling and often it is impossible to separate different plastic types from other waste fractions. In such cases pyrolysis may be an attractive method to recycle plastic waste by converting it to chemicals and fuels.

Responsibilities and tasks
You will be engaged in a PhD project that will focus on the opportunities to use pyrolysis as a method to convert plastic rich wastes into valuable products. You will carry this out: 

  • by a system study; the available quantities of plastic waste for pyrolysis will be assessed, quantified and potential markets for the pyrolysis products will be evaluated.
  • by conducting an experimental study; different pyrolysis concepts will be tested, process optimization will be conducted and the type and yield of valuable products determined. Different plastic streams will be tested including household waste and industrial waste plastics. The char product will be analyzed considering the environmental impact and applicability as either fuel, building material or soil enhancer.

Qualifications
Candidates should have 

  • a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) in mechanical engineering, chemical engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year
  • knowledge and/or experience with thermochemical conversion of biomass or waste materials
  • knowledge and/or experience with process optimization and product characterization (gas, oil, char)
  • excellent laboratory skills
  • the Ability to work independently, plan and carry out experiments, be part of a dynamic group
  • good communication skills in English, both written and spoken
Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

Assessment
The assessment of the applicants will be made by Jesper Ahrenfeldt.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

The work will be carried out partially at DTU Risø Campus.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Jesper Ahrenfeldt, tel.: +45 2132 5344 or from Peter Arendt Jensen, tel.: +45 4525 2849, e-mail: paj@kt.dtu.dk.

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www.kt.dtu.dk.

Application
Please submit your online application no later than 6 June 2019 (local time)Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include: 
  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.

Deadline: 6 June 2019
Unit: DTU Chemical Eng.
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Thursday June 6th, 2019