PhD Position in Molecular Modelling of Mineral Wool Dissolution

Technical University of Denmark is offering PhD position in sustainable energy. Potential candidates should apply before June 30, 2019.

The CHEC research center at the department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering invites applicants for a PhD position in density functional theory modelling of mineral wool dissolution properties.

The PhD position is part of a project sponsored by ROCKWOOL International A/S, where the overall goal is to develop a predictive model for how mineral wool fiber material performs in contact with solution as a function of fiber composition, solution composition, pH and temperature. One of the challenges in a sustainable energy future is to produce insulation that is effective, robust and long lasting, environmentally friendly and safe. The model will contribute to understanding product stability in various situations as well as the biosolubility characteristics of mineral wool fibers. The contribution from molecular modelling is to provide key parameters from fundamental surface processes that contribute to the overall dissolution behavior, which are not easily available through experiments.

The PhD student will use density functional theory with the COSMO-RS implicit solvent model to set up models for mineral wool material and calculate and predict the equilibrium surface chemistry as a function of e.g. Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree but cannot begin before having received it.An indication of expected completion date can be included in the cover letter.

Incomplete applications and applications or enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender,race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.
Deadline: June 30, 2019
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