A postdoc position is available within the framework of the ERC Starting grant project “PEM-Sprint: Polymeric electromagnetic metamaterials created by flow-induced structure printing”. Numerical simulations will be used to design the microstructure of polymer nanocomposites containing conductive and magnetic fillers with the aim to generate electromagnetic metamaterial behavior.
About the project
The increasing miniaturization and integration of numerous components in electronic devices and the booming use of wireless technologies leads to an explosion in the amount of electromagnetic waves and resulting crosstalk. In addition, with the recent 5G mobile network,
a major challenge is to enhance the range of the electromagnetic waves, which could be accomplished by suitable wave bending around obstacles. To make these upcoming technologies viable for the future, a novel class of materials is needed.
These materials need to fulfil two major requirements namely processability into complex and customized shapes and local interactions with selected electromagnetic waves. By using polymeric materials with conductive and magnetic inclusions, 3D structures can be generated that allow to induce electromagnetic metamaterial responses such as wave bending or complete absorption. These structures will be generated by advanced processing techniques.
To enable these developments in material design and processing, fundamental understanding should be generated on the relations between microstructure and electromagnetic properties in 3D structured materials with conductive and magnetic inclusions. The aim of the postdoc project will be to set up a numerical framework that allows to develop structure-function relationships and to design microstructures for various desired electromagnetic responses.
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Research Group Polymer Technology
The postdoc position is in the Polymer Technology group in the Mechanical Engineering department at Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands) with short visits to the Soft Matter, Rheology and Technology section at KU Leuven (Belgium). The project will be supervised by Profs. P. Anderson and R. Cardinaels. There will be a strong collaboration with
3 PhD researchers, who will perform the experimental part of the research project and will be based at KU Leuven in Belgium.
In the Polymer Technology group, our research is aimed at bridging the gap between science and technology in the area of polymer processing and design, through the use of experimental and computational tools in the modeling of the full thermo-mechanical history of material (elements) during their formation, processing and final design, to quantitatively predict properties of processed objects. The research is aimed at bridging the gap between science and technology in the area of polymer processing and design, through the use of experimental and computational tools in the modeling of the full thermo-mechanical history of material (elements) during their formation, processing and final design, to quantitatively predict properties of processed objects. Extensive state-of-the-art experimental facilities for the characterization of mechanical properties in the liquid (rheology) as well as solid (polymer testing) state, combined with microstructure characterization are available as well as high performance computer clusters for numerical simulations.
An overview of the research performed in the Polymer Technology group can be found at here.
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