PhD Positions at Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

6 Fully funded PhD positions at Delft University of Technology, Netherlands


1. PhD position: Wearable Biosensors

In this PhD project, our goal is to understand the real-time physiological response at the individual level through the development of wearable skin patches for a) personalized, real-time biomarker sensing and b) monitoring and understanding individual behavioral response towards environmental exposure.These breakthroughs will enable evidence-based personalized interventions, providing citizens and clinicians with the toolsets and knowledge to implement personalized prevention and treatment strategies, while empowering policy-making agencies with analytics based on real-time data to develop cost-effective and ethical policies for mitigating environmental health challenges.

In this project, you will develop wearable devices for real-time biomarker monitoring and personalized diagnostics. The work will involve microfabrication, nanoparticle engineering, chemical synthesis, photonics or electrochemistry and potentially fluid dynamics. This position is part of the Convergence Initiative between TU Delft, Erasmus Medical Centre, and Erasmus University Rotterdam. The candidate will closely interact with clinicians, engineers, and social scientists as a member of the Flagship program: ‘Personalized, Real-Time Health Impact of Climate Change and Pollution’, led by Dr. Alina Rwei, together with 20+ principle investigators throughout the three Institutions (i.e. TU Delft, Erasmus Medical Centre, and Erasmus University Rotterdam).

This position has a duration of four years, with an ideal start date of January 2023 (negotiable).

Deadline : 15-10-2022

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2. PhD position: Next-generation lithium batteries

The PhD position will part of the BatteryNL Dutch battery consortium project focusing on electrolyte-electrode interfaces in solid-state batteries. In this project 17 PhD’s and 5 PD’s at five Dutch universities are collaborating on investigating interface processes with a range of techniques (diffraction, imaging and spectroscopy) to obtain better understanding, and on the development of improved interphases with various deposition methods. This specific position is located at the Storage of Electrochemical Energy group at the Reactor Insttitute Delft of the Delft University of Technology

The PhD will work on the synthesis and development of solid-state electrolytes (with an emphasis on hybrid polymer-inorganic solid electrolytes) to be used in solid-state batteries. The main technique for their characterization will be solid-state NMR (chemical environment of specific elements and Li-ion kinetics), as well as (operando) X-ray and neutron diffraction, operando neutron depth profiling and electrochemical techniques which will play a larger/smaller role depending on the specific challenges. There is extensive expertise and experience within the hosting group on all of these techniques, providing ample opportunity for the applicant to build expertise efficiently.

The PhD will collaborate with several other PhDs at the collaborating universties having complementary expertises, aiming at a comprehensive understanding of the processes in solid state batteries and a joint development of interface strategies.

Deadline : October 15, 2022

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3. PhD position: Electrode materials for batteries

We will be investigating a new class of materials featuring atomic-scale disorder between mobile light metal ions (A e.g. Li+, Na+) and transition metals (M; e.g. Co, Fe). This is a new concept, in stark contrast to conventional electrode materials in which A and M are perfectly segregated in alternating atomic layers. The disordered materials have already shown great promise for increased performance (higher capacity, higher rate capability, slower aging) that could translate directly to lighter, faster-charging, longer-lasting next-generation batteries, respectively. Beyond performance, the disordered concept allows for more flexibility on the choice of transition metal(s) used which directly affects the economic potential and societal impact in view of battery mass-production. Current state-of-the-art lithium-ion technology heavily relies on cobalt and nickel. These are both rather rare, costly-to-produce (and in the case of cobalt, ethically unacceptable, see e.g. link) metals which go directly against the principles of sustainability, environmental protection and the green energy transition. Disordered structures can accommodate cheap, benign, abundant transition metals such as iron and manganese, paving the way for sustainable mass-deployment of electrochemical energy storage for electric vehicles (electromobility) and renewable energy sources (grid scale). For a deeper dive into the concept and problematics around disordered electrodes, interested candidates are invited to watch a recent webinar of Prof. G. Ceder on the topic (link below).

Deadline :  24 October 2022

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4. PhD position: Synthesis of Sustainable Polymer Matrices

Carbon fibre reinforced polymer composites have unprecedented mechanical performance at low weight and contribute to a sustainable aviation. In carbon fibre epoxy prepreg systems epoxy monomers (Bisphenol-based) are crosslinked via multifunctional curing agents resulting in thermal, dimensional mechanical stability enabling supreme load transfer of the carbon fibres. Current manufacturing relies on Bisphenol-derived toxic and petroleum-based epoxy matrices that are affiliated with carcinogenic side effects thus considered for restricted use in EU; therefore developing alternative materials with high sustainability is of great societal relevance. This PhD position will explore novel routes for upgrading biobased sustainable molecules into monomer and curing agents that will constitute high performance polymer matrices. Scalability of synthetic routes will be governed and library of materials will be formed. Total cost, energy input, raw material input and CO2 footprint of each reaction is of relevance. Following that; curing characteristics and mechanical-chemical characterizations will be performed.

The supervision will be jointly carried out by  Dr. Baris Kumru and Prof. Clemens, Dransfeld Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies Group at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering (www.tudelft.nl/ae/amt)

Deadline : 1 November 2022

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5. PhD position: Process Systems Engineering for Sustainability

In this PhD project, you will develop novel PSE tools for the modeling and optimization of carbon upcycling technologies with a focus on closing carbon cycles towards a fully circular economy. You will use a wide range of modeling approaches (mechanistic models, commercial simulators, surrogate models), optimization tools and assessment techniques (techno-economic assessment, life cycle assessment, social LCA). The target processes for this study will include waste-to-resource (e.g. chemical recycling of plastics) and emissions to resource (i.e. carbon capture and utilization) technologies. Special emphasis will be given to identify the technical challenges of scaling up upcycling technologies and provide a realistic roadmap for their integration in existing chemical economies. 

Your work will contribute to the transition to sustainable chemical systems and you will have the opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary environment and interact with world-class collaborators.

Requirements

We are looking for candidates that meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a MSc degree (or equivalent) in STEM (preferably Chemical Engineering);
  • Previous knowledge on process modeling and design is desirable;
  • Ability to work in a team and mentor other students;
  • Ability to communicate scientific results;
  • Good English communication skills (writing and speaking).

Deadline :15 November 2022 

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 6. PhD position: Artificial Intelligence for Climate Risk Management

Climate changes, such as sea level rise, soil subsidence, extreme rainfall, and drought, induce new challenges and risks for real estate and infrastructures, especially in low lying urbanized deltas, as in the Netherlands. While people’s homes, communities, and livelihoods are at stake, real estate climate risks also stand to destabilize markets and society at large. Climate risk management requires collaborative, integrated strategies that cut across public, private, and civic spheres to achieve societal impact.

Your goal, in this PhD project, is to develop Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques for supporting an Integrative Forum (IF), which facilitates two-way exchange and knowledge co-creation on climate risk management. The IF, on the one hand, provides a ‘soft space’ for debate and reflection between research teams, societal partners, and citizens at large. On the other hand, the dialogue in the IF provides an opportunity for innovative research on institutionalized logics, tactics, and procedures that hinder or enable effective cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Deadline :  1 November 2022 

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