POSITION ESR 9: Functionalized nanocellulose for waterborne NIPU

PhD project details
Title Functionalized nanocellulose for waterborne NIPU
Recruiting institution Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH)
Location Brinellvägen 8, Stockholm 100 44, Sweden
Objectives To design biocomposites from novel waterborne or solvent-free functional NIPU polymers, where interface aspects and dispersion considerations are emphasized in order to achieve desired properties and processing characteristics. A special emphasis will be placed on waterborne formulations that can be aqueous stable and cured at room temperature from novel activated monomer/amine formulations and/or dual cure systems. Pickering emulsion in the presence of cellulose nanocrystals functionalized via grafting methods will be developed at UBx. The modification is to tailor the interface and control nanocellulose dispersion and biocomposites properties. The purpose of the modification is to tailor the interface and control nanocellulose dispersion in waterborne NIPU.
Secondments Academic secondment (12 months) at UBx (France): Establishing successful nanocellulose modification with tailored surface properties, based on cyclic carbonate chemistry for NIPU biocomposites.

Industrial secondment (3 months) at Perstorp (Sweden) : Evaluation of suitability of concept to industrial products.

Supervisors Q. Zhou (KTH) and A. Llevot (UBx)
Enrolment in Doctoral degree(s): KTH and UBx
Specific vacancy requirements
Qualifications Not having resided in Sweden for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date, and not having carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Sweden during this period. Having a master degree or equivalent diploma, less than 4 years of research career at the recruitment date, and not having a doctoral degree.

Solid background in nanocellulose-based polymeric materials.

Skills Ability for research management, dissemination, communication with colleagues and supervisors, strong teamwork spirit, creativity, problem solving and attention to safety.
Experience Research experience in the academic or industrial sector will be considered
Languages Excellent command of written and spoken English is a must.
Job details
Salary Living allowance : 3,982.86 €/month

Mobility allowance : 600 €/month

Other benefits Gross family allowance: 500 €/month – if applicable at the time of recruitment
Duration 48 months
Envisioned start day From July to October 2021
Type of contract Full time

To apply for this job please visit kth.varbi.com.