The D-carbonize consortium is seeking 12 PhD students (Doctoral Candidates – DCs) to work in a multidisciplinary & interdisciplinary team formed by 6 academic research groups, 5 companies and 1 industry association, offering excellent research and training both in R&D and entrepreneurship.
The DCs will be hosted by a network of highly renowned European experts and leading companies in CO2 catalysis and polymer development, allowing them to perform cutting-edge research in the most innovative environments and with a multidisciplinary spin involving different topics such as homo- and heterogeneous catalysis, sustainable monomer/macromolecular design, polymer chemistry, thermoplastics, process scalability, depolymerization strategies, process optimization and high-throughput approaches.
The 12 Doctoral Candidate’s (DCs) will be working in different individually tailored projects designed to accomplish the three main objectives of the project. Each PhD student will be hosted in two different host institutions (different countries) and will receive additional training by undergoing relevant secondments at the industrial partners’ facilities, thus obtaining two PhD titles in two different universities/countries.
The doctoral programs offered within D-Carbonize are funded under Horizon Europe’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) programme.
Project Title and Description:
Biocarbon based Polymers for Sustainable Material Development (D-Carbonize)
D-Carbonize´s approach targets biocarbon recycling into valuable starting materials for the chemical/polymer industries and will primarily provide innovative low-carb catalysis solutions. The use of biocarbon is advantageous in many respects as it is renewable, generally abundant and non-toxic, and it represents easy-to-handle carbon reagents even on larger scale. Despite the lack of universal (catalytic) strategies available for biocarbon valorization into monomers and polymers, recent advances in catalysis science have demonstrated the engineering and use of new promising metal- and organo-catalysts with high potential to overcome these limitations, thereby creating the necessary feasibility to transform biocarbon into (1) fine chemicals such as carbonates, carbamates, carboxylic acids, and esters, (2) pharmaceutical synthons, and (3) biomass/CO2-based polymers. Thus, catalysis has already been shown to be a useful technology for biocarbon valorization but has been rarely used in the wider context of new and functional biocarbon based monomer/polymer development. The use of the latter helps to shape the future of functionalized poly-esters/ carbonates/amides and their subsequent utilization in novel tailor-made and commercially relevant materials. Furthermore, this project will also explore depolymerization pathways to recycle the synthesized polymers obtaining new monomers and/or other added-value molecules that could re-enter the loop and be used in new polymers and materials. The network will recruit 12 doctoral candidates, who will be awarded double doctoral degrees by two universities in two different countries at the end of the training program. D-Carbonize brings together leading high-education institutions, research centres and companies to form an innovation community able to offer excellent research and training both in R&D and entrepreneurship.
EU eligibility criteria for all applicants:
* Local eligibility criteria apply depending on each position and host institution. Please check the individual positions description (https://dcarbonizeproject.eu/dc-positions/)
Application form will include the upload of the following information:
*The living allowance is adjusted by country correction coefficient, depending on the country where the host institution is located.
N.B. The gross salary is calculated by deducting employment costs, which vary depending on the country, from the living allowance. The gross salaries for each DC position will be published in the individual job descriptions.
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