Sterilization of medical equipment generally proceeds by several process steps using mechanical, thermal, radiative and/or chemical technologies, to battle a broad spectrum of pathogenic microorganisms. This PhD trajectory will focus on plasma-induced synthesis of sterilants. Contrary to classically thermal activation, plasma chemistry uses energetic electrons to overcome the activation energy barrier of chemical reactions, where process-dependent potential efficiency gain may be reached.
Your tasks will comprise investigation of chemical precursor recipes, identification of appropriate diagnostics to monitor the formation of sterilants & general chemical reactivity, plasma reactor design, mapping of critical plasma parameters & process conditions, process optimization and validation of plasma-synthesized sterilant formulations in cooperation with an important OEM in medical equipment disinfection systems and related biomedical research partners. In this unique assignment, your efforts will contribute to the medical profession on biomedical & chemical safety and green chemistry!
We are looking for a candidate with a strong background in both organic and analytical chemistry and preferably an additional experience with - or at least - a firm affinity to plasma chemical, biomedical and electrophysical processes. Your position will be within the Electrical Engineering Systems group at the TU/e department of Electrical Engineering. In addition to expertise in energy transmission & distribution and electromagnetic compatibility, we also are a strong player in pulsed power technology, designing fast pulse - high power systems for efficient plasma generation regarding environmental, agricultural, synthetic and biomedical applications. Besides research you will also contribute to education within the department. Apart from supervising BSc and MSc students in their research projects, other assistance in education, e.g. in bachelor courses, is usually limited to around 5% of your contract time.
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Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact
dr.ir. Wilfred F.L.M. Hoeben, assistant professor of pulsed power-driven process electrification, w.f.l.m.hoeben[at]tue.nl.
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