12 PhD Students HIGHSINC  at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Eindhoven University of Technology (Reference number: V37.2437) in the project “High Gravity High Shear for Intensified Chemicals Production“.

AkzoNobel Business Area Specialty Chemicals: As a major producer of specialty chemicals with leadership positions in many markets, we make sure that industries worldwide are supplied with high quality ingredients and process aids for the manufacture of life’s essentials. With ca. 10.000 employees and an annual turnover of 5 billion Euro the BA Specialty Chemicals has an ambition innovation agenda aiming to:

Project description

The HIGHSINC project at the Laboratory of Chemical Reactor Engineering at TU/e aims to develop the science and technology that is needed for the design of the safest, most energy and capital efficient, and most versatile plant for the sustainable production of chemicals. The project is carried out in close collaboration with AkzoNobel 

Project background

  1. The program aims to develop sustainable and resource and energy efficient production technologies for base and specialty chemicals. The program contributes to the innovation agendas of the Dutch TOP sector Chemistry and Energy and to Europe’s grand challenges Climate Change & Energy. The program promotes excellence in research as key competences and globally recognized strengths of the TU/e department of Chemical Technology and Chemistry will be combined with (complementary) key competences of AkzoNobel. AkzoNobel is globally recognized as leading in base chemical production processes and specialized products. The program size allows the development of substantial critical mass in the field to maintain and obtain frontrunner positions for TU/e and AkzoNobel and thereby its technology and sustainability leadership position.
  2. The aim of the program is to develop and pilot spinning disc technology and processes that will improve the sustainability of targeted chemical production processes. The program is scoped on pilot process development as well as fundamental research that focuses on understanding and modelling of the extreme conditions encountered. The following areas of interest are identified: I. Electrochemical processes; II. Spinning Disc Technology; III. Rotating Packed Bed Technology.
  3. Ultimately, all unit operations present in chemical production plants, i.e. reactors, extraction columns, distillation columns, crystallizers, settlers, even pumps and compressors, are integrated with this novel technology in a single compact device, consisting of discs stacked on a single rotating axis, in the functionality order required for the production of a specific chemical product. Each chemical production process then has a specific stacking of discs. The device can be quickly assembled and disassembled and is easily used for the production of different chemicals, leading to more flexibility and sustainability of chemical production plants. Moreover, the small size allows for easy relocation and safe, distributed production of chemicals at the customer’s site. Also, the investment costs are relatively low, leading to high return on investment rates. These combined characteristics will allow the chemical industry to quickly respond to customers’ and society’s demands and needs.

Key Job requirements

The HIGHSINC project constitutes twelve sub-projects of four years long, each to be carried out by a PhD student. The twelve projects are heavily interrelated and are carried out in close collaboration with the industrial partners. The ideal candidate has an M.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering or related discipline. A sound background in physical transport phenomena, chemical reactor design and/or applied catalysis is required. Other requirements are excellent analytic and communicative skills. You are fluent in English and you like to work in a multidisciplinary team.

Key Considerations: Conditions of employment

We offer a challenging job for four years in a highly motivated team at a dynamic and ambitious University. You will work with innovative analytic equipment and will be part of a highly profiled multidisciplinary collaboration where expertise of a variety of disciplines comes together. The TU/e is located in one of the smartest regions of the world and part of the European technology hotspot ‘Brainport Eindhoven’; well-known because of many high-tech industries and start-ups. The gross monthly salary in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement of the Dutch Universities (CAO NU), starts with € 2174,- in the first year to € 2779,- in the fourth year. Besides this the TU/e has holiday- and end-of the year allowances, an excellent package of attractive benefits for employees and a modern sports complex. Assistance for finding accommodation can be given.

Information and application

More information about the project can be obtained from prof.dr.ir. J.C. Schouten (j.c.schouten@tue.nl) or dr.ir. J. van der Schaaf(j.vanderschaaf@tue.nl). Information about the group can be found atwww.chem.tue.nl/scr. Personnel information can be obtained from Mrs. L.J.C. van den Boomen, HR Advisor, email: l.j.c.v.d.boomen@tue.nl.


Please send your application via the apply-now button including a motivation letter, curriculum vitae, list of courses followed (with grades) and the names and details of at least two references

Deadline: Please send your application before January 11, 2016.

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