The use of construction and demolition (C&D) waste in high-end applications is an important challenge to achieve circularity in the built environment. In this project smart crushing, separation of size fractions and carbonation as possible treatment method are investigated. We expect that in this way we can obtain clean aggregates on the one hand, and cementitious fines on the other.
The work will include lab work and modeling, and is financially supported by the Global Cement and Concrete Association. This PhD project is one of in total 5 PhDs, the others located in Brazil, South-Africa and China.
The Building Materials group contains 25 PhDs, 2 postdocs, 3 assistant professors, 1 associate professor and 2 full professors. The BM group works on new, sustainable building materials containing or synthesized from secondary raw materials with good chemical, physical and aesthetic properties and added functionalities. Examples are natural fibers, fly ashes, nano-silica, aerogels, slags or recycled aggregates. Functionalities, including fire resistance, air purification, self-cleaning, high performance, hydrophobicity, are investigated and developed for these building materials. Moreover, durability and sustainability, such as the degradation of, or leaching from, building materials when exposed to aggressive service environments, is studied. The investigations are carried out based on experimental observations and modelling.
The research group possesses a well-equipped, state of the art building material laboratory for physical/chemical/mechanical/environmental testing and has access to the structural design laboratory at the same department, and shares facilities with the sister Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. The group has close contacts with the building material industry and is frequently cooperating with other researchers, both domestic and international.
We are looking for excellent and highly motivated candidates with a MSc degree in (civil, mechanical, chemical, mining) engineering or related disciplines with an interest in both modeling and experimentation.
You should be able to work independently, have strong communication skills and the attitude to participate successfully in an international and multidisciplinary team.
Any of the following could be considered an advantage and should be mentioned in the motivation letter:
A sufficient English language level, both written and spoken, is required. Proofs of English level (such as certificates, coursework followed in English, manuscripts written in English etc.) should be mentioned.
Candidates who already hold the title of PhD/Doctor will not be considered for the current vacancy.
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Please contact prof. H.J.H. Brouwers, h.j.h.brouwers[at]tue.nl.
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