PhD position on development of stable thermochemical materials using micro-fluidics – University of Twente – Enschede

University of Twente

As part of the innovative MICRO-HS project, we are offering an exciting Ph.D. position that will delve into the forefront of research in thermal engineering and materials science. Join our interdisciplinary team and take on the challenge of pushing the boundaries of heat storage technology for shaping a sustainable future.

Job description

This positions is part of Micro-HS project, recently funded by NWO (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research), focused on “Using Microfluidics to develop stable Thermochemical Materials (TCMs) for Heat Storage”. The project is a collaboration between University of Twente and industrial partners. You will be based in a team with outstanding academic performance (as reflected by our publications in impactful journals), a strong industrial network, and a pleasant, collaborative atmosphere.

We are seeking a motivated and skilled candidate to join our MICRO-HS project as a Ph.D. researcher with a focus on the characterization and optimization of heat storage materials. In this role, you will play a crucial part in advancing the performance and stability of composite TCMs.

Your primary responsibility will be to conduct comprehensive characterization studies on the core-shell structures and macroscopically porous materials developed through additive manufacturing. By employing a combined approach of experimental techniques and modeling, you will analyze and understand new aspects of the thermal behavior, diffusion rates, and reaction kinetics within novel composite materials. Your findings will be instrumental in optimizing the composite architecture, enhancing heat and mass transfer capabilities, and achieving unparalleled power output in the heat storage materials.

Your profile

  • A Master’s degree in physical chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, or a related discipline
  • Strong expertise in experimental techniques for heat transfer and reaction kinetics studies
  • Familiarity with materials characterization methods such as DSC (Differential Scanning Calorimetry), TGA (Thermogravimetric Analysis), and other relevant techniques
  • Proficiency in numerical modeling and simulation is beneficial
  • Our offer

  • Full-time 4-year PhD positions with competitive salaries and excellent benefits, including a pension scheme
  • A dynamic, high-quality, and collaborative research environment with state-of-the-art facilities in a cutting-edge research environment.
  • Opportunities for personal and professional growth within the interdisciplinary field of energy storage
  • An opportunity to make significant contributions to the fast-moving field of innovative heat storage materials with real-world applications
  • Excellent working conditions in an exciting scientific environment, and a green and lively campus
  • Excellent mentorship and facilities
  • A professional and personal development program within Graduate School Twente
  • A starting salary of € 2.770 in the first year and a salary of € 3.539 in the fourth year gross per month
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%
  • Minimum of 29 holidays per year in case of fulltime employment
  • Full status as an employee at the UT, including pension and health care benefits
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