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POSTDOC DEVELOPMENT OF CHROMATOGRAPHY MATERIALS

Mol
Postdoc
Description: 

VITO is a leading European independent research and consultancy centre in the areas of cleantech and sustainable development. Its research programme ‘Sustainable Materials Management’ has the ambition to accelerate the transition to a more circular economy from a materials perspective. One of our core research activities is the development of technologies for shaping powders into added value products for use in different industrial applications, like separation and recovery of valuable materials, advanced catalyst materials and energy storage.


Chromatography is the most widely used separation technique in chemical (research) laboratories and is commonly used in the chemical process industry. We aim to further develop innovative applications in this area, in close collaboration with industrial companies and other research institutes.  As a post-doctoral fellow you will take an important role in the development of this rapidly evolving research track.   


A key component of a chromatography set-up is the chromatography resin or stationary phase that consists typically of functionalized micro particles. Performance of the stationary phase is among other determined by both the porous architecture and the surface chemistry.


  • In our two year post-doctoral research project we will focus on the development of novel material concepts for chromatography, using innovative shaping methods and compatible surface modification technologies.
  • VITO has unique expertise in 3D-printing of ceramics and microsphere production. Both technologies will be used to develop specific porous architectures that allow uniform flow, increased surface area and lower pressure drop of the stationary phase .
  • In addition surface modification treatment will be tuned to optimize the surface chemistry of the novel stationary phase. 

POSTDOC SOL-GEL

Mol
Postdoc
Description: 

VITO is a leading European independent research and consultancy centre in the areas of cleantech and sustainable development. Its research programme ‘Sustainable Materials Management’ has the ambition to accelerate the transition to a more circular economy from am aterials perspective. One of our core research activities is the development of technologies for shaping materials into added value products for use in different industrial applications, like separation and recovery of valuable materials, advanced catalyst materials and energy storage.


Sol-gel chemistry covers the synthesis of materials (eg metal oxides) from solution-state precursors. This enables a variety in structure and composition of the solid product. Recent trends indicate an increase in the use of sol-gel chemistry for the development of nanoscale powders to be used as catalyst materials or supports functionalised separation beads. As a post-doctoral research fellow you will take an important role in the development of this rapidly evolving research track.   


VITO has unique expertise in the shaping of powders using 3D-printing and microsphere production.

 

  • In this 2 year post-doctoral research project we aim to further develop specific sol-gel synthesis routes for metal oxides to be implemented in these innovative shaping technologies. 
  • More specifically the chemistry of the sol-gel reaction will be tuned to optimize the kinetics towards our droplet coagulation or micro-reactor process. The aim is to control the architecture and composition of the microsphere;
  • Also novel sol-gel strategies for the solidification of the precursors during the 3D-printing process will be investigated;
  • An important aspect during this project is taking into account the scale-up of the process to relevant quantities for further testing in the various application under investigation.

POSTDOC DEVELOPMENT OF BIORESAL

Mol
Postdoc
Description: 
The Unit of Separation and Conversion Technology (SCT, Flemish Institute for Technological Research, VITO) develops technologies for the sustainability of production processes in the (bio)chemical sector, replacement of fossil resources by renewable feedstocks for the chemical industry and the treatment of waste streams into high value chemicals. A strategic research theme is focusing on the use of wood/lignin as an alternative feedstock for the production of biobased aromatics. Due to its aromatic nature, lignin is considered as a valuable alternative for the production of aromatic bio-based molecules. Various phenol derivatives with a variety of chemical structures can be produced by cleaving the lignin structure.
In this respect, VITO is co-initiator of Biorizon, an industry driven Shared Research Center, focusing on technology development for the production of functionalized, biobased aromatics for performance materials, chemicals & coatings. As the leading institute, VITO coordinates the development of lignin derived bio-aromatics by its own technology and by collaboration with different technology providers.
More information available on www.vito.be and www.biorizon.eu
 
Up to  now, VITO  has developed strong expertise in the valorization of biomass through conversion of lignocellulose into value-added lignin fragments and bio-aromatic derivatives. These new lignin-derived building blocks are consequently evaluated for their application potential as polymer building blocks or functional additives. However, it turned that the obtained lignin fractions are not always meeting the required specifications towards the targeted application and that additional purification/fractionation of the lignin derivatives is required.
We are looking for a PhD graduate for 2 (or 3) years postdoctoral research to work within our bioaromatics team with a focus on the development of a decision tree to be able to select the most appropriate train of separation/fractionation/purification steps using various downstream processing techniques.

Project Description:

This position fits within a national collaborative project with a strong industrial consortium. This research project will involve aspects of characterization of the various lignin sources, tailoring of the lignin sources towards the required specifications via both separation/purification/fractionation and chemical modification and evaluation in polymer formulations.
 
FUNCTION
 
The following tasks/actions are foreseen in our project to be conducted by the candidate, focusing on the development of a generic decision tree for separation/fractionation/purification of lignin sources towards the required specifications (both via modelling and experimental work)
  • Active literature survey, keeping up to date with relevant articles and patents in the fields
  • Detailing out the work protocol after discussion with the experts involved
  • Execution of the work in laboratory
  • Data interpretation and plan for next possible steps: in discussion with experts
  • Execution of the experiments/tasks in a timely and efficient manner according to the overall project planning
  • Preparing presentations for the meetings/reports.
  • Scientific output and/or patent submission as a result of the work would be highly recommended
  • Ensure compliance with VITO’s Health & Safety Policy, and take a proactive approach to ensure all experimental work is safe


Postdoc @ VITO

We offer you an outstanding research environment at the interface between the field of academic research and the applied industry.

Take a look at the postdoc topic list to see what VITO has in store for you.

VITO regularly launches a call for candidates who would like to do research as a postdoc researcher that supports the strategic research of VITO.

There are several possibilities:

VITO supports candidates who have already obtained a doctorate and who wish to apply for a scholarship within the framework of Marie Sklodowska-Curie, or for another grant. International exchanges are an asset in this case.

On 21st March 2013, FWO and VITO signed a protocol to fund 2 additional post doctorates next to the FWO mandates that are granted annually. This procedure starts by submitting a standard application for an FWO postdoc mandate. Places will be offered to applicants who are ranked high enough and whose research proposal is situated within a strategic VITO domain. More info