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PhD position: 3D printing porous materials for heterogeneous catalysis Leuven Belgium,  

KU Leuven (company)

Posted on : 28 May 2017

Project Description

Context and job description:
  • The Ameloot group at the Center for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis is looking for a highly motivated PhD student to explore the applications of 3D printing in catalysis. 
  • The development of 3D printing and related additive manufacturing technologies have recently gained momentum in a spectacular way. 
  • Based on a computer model, these printing tools enable the direct and automated fabrication of a real-world object with an arbitrarily complex geometry, not accessible via conventional machining. 
  • The goal of this project is to explore the opportunities of inkjet-based 3D printing at the interface of chemistry and engineering.
  • The Center for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis constitutes an interdisciplinary team of eight professors focused on researching the chemistry of the solid-gas, solid-liquid, and solid-solid inter-phases. 
  • The Center currently hosts over 120 PhD students, postdoctoral scholars and technicians and is internationally recognized for its expertise in gas and liquid phase catalysis, porous materials synthesis and characterization, absorptive separations, and related challenges in chemistry and chemical engineering. 

We are seeking:
  •  A highly motivated candidate with a  strong academic record in the field of Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Engineering or a related field in Science and Engineering. 
  • A candidate with a true  passion for both science and technology and excited by realizing the  potential of 3D printing, irrespective of your background. 
  • Previous experience with   heterogeneous catalysis OR 3D printing / additive manufacturing is considered a plus.
  • Previous demonstrations of  out-of-the-box thinking. Bonus points if you consider yourself a 'maker',  we appreciate what you are doing!
  • A team player and clear  communicator able to professionally handle contacts with local and  international collaborators 
  • Since we are a highly  international team, proficiency in both written and spoken English is  non-negotiable.

  • Unique opportunity to pioneer the application of 3D printing in unexplored domains
  • Work at a leading scientific institution with dedicated professionals
  • Development and operation of a unique 'chemical' 3D printing setup
  • Offering outstanding career development and professional support
  • Participation in an EU-wide H2020 project consortium involving leading academic groups, research organizations, industrial catalyst manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies.


3000 Leuven Belgium

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