Phd position in Catalysis for biomass conversion

KU Leuven
September 22 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

For the Centre of Surface Chemistry and Catalysis we are looking for a PhD student with a strong background in Catalysis. Increasing demand for sustainable chemicals and fuels has pushed academia and industry to search for alternative feedstocks for the synthesis of chemicals, fuels and materials. As a result, a large academic attention has focused on the valorisation of biomass derived sugars to generate valuable platform products. Zeolite and other porous solid catalysts plays a distinct role in many of these sugar biomass conversion routes. The project will take place within the KU Leuven, Belgium's largest university. The KU Leuven boasts a rich tradition of education and research that dates back six centuries. The university's basic research orientation has always been and will remain fundamental research. At the same time, the university remains vigilantly open to contemporary cultural, economic and industrial realities, as well as to the community's needs and expectations. More specifically, the work will be executed in the group of Prof. Bert Sels, located within the Center of Surface Chemistry and Catalysis: a highly productive research unit within the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering of KU Leuven, as evidenced via numerous high impact papers and industrial applications of its developments. The latter relates to the formation of ca. 20 patents yearly, several spin-offs and dozens of on-going industrial collaborations.

The conversion of sugar to useful chemicals with innovative catalytic strategies.

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