Scholarship for doctoral Studies at Denmark Technical University
Study Subject: Chemistry, Material Science
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Employer: Technical University of Denmark
Scholarship Description: The Fuel Cells and Solid State Chemistry Division at Risø DTU has been granted a four-year project, OPTIMAC, to investigate the optimized processing of multi-material architectures for functional ceramics. Functional ceramics are found in many environmentally friendly devices, including fuel cells, electrolyzers, gas separation membranes and magnetic refrigeration units. Their performance may be improved by grading the ceramic materials, i.e. making multi-material components. The processing of such components is challenging, and it is the objective of the project to increase our understanding of the processes involved, including shaping, sintering and mechanical behavior.
The project takes place in collaboration between Risø DTU and leading Danish and international research institutions and companies. Within this project, five positions for modeling the process have already started and there are now four new positions on experimental processing. One of them is this PhD scholarship within Experimental Tape Casting of Multilayer for Flue Gas.
Purification of exhaust gases (e.g. for diesel engines) is a growing topic due to increasing demands to reduce emission levels in automobiles. A promising technology is the electrochemical reduction of the pollutants in the gas. You will develop multilayer structures by co-casting of electrochemical cells for gas purification with the focus on the understanding of the interactions between slurry properties (slurry chemistry, raw powder characteristics, wetting etc.) and tape casting parameters (casting speed, drying, arrangement of doctor blades etc). An expected output is an optimized process for the co-casting of multi-layers.
* Master’s degree in engineering, chemistry, physics, materials science or similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master’s degree in engineering
* Knowledge in ceramic processing and material science
* Preferably experience with tape casting and slurry characterization
* Ability to work independently, to plan and carry out complicated tasks, and to be a part of a large dynamical group
* Good communication skills in English, both written and spoken
Scholarship Application Deadline: 31 October 2010
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