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PhD position: "Microcapsule-Enhanced Elastomers – preventing microplastic pollution"

A PhD position is available at the University of Twente (the Netherlands) within the Faculty of Science and Technology. The research project will design and …

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Drienerlolaan, Enschede, Overijssel
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
€ 2395 - € 3061 per maand


A PhD position is available at the University of Twente (the Netherlands) within the Faculty of Science and Technology. The research project will design and prepare sustainable elastomers with the potential to be fully recyclable or biodegradable.

This highly interdisciplinary project is located between chemical sciences and engineering with the aim to develop a really sustainable elastomer. To address the scientific questions you will use a combination of experimental techniques including organic synthesis, living polymerization techniques or emulsion formulations. We also use state-of-the-art characterization techniques for polymers and will use new formulations for rubber that is enhanced with functional microcapsules prepared by an emulsion polymerization setup.

The elastomer part will be integrated in the research work of the chairs of Elastomer Technology and Engineering (ETE) and Sustainable Elastomer Systems (SES). One of the research areas of these chairs is recycling of rubber, focused mainly on devulcanization. They also provide a complete lab for processing and testing of rubber.

Currently, we are looking for a PhD candidate:

"Microcapsule-Enhanced Elastomers - preventing microplastic pollution"

The target of this ambitious project is to design polymeric materials that prevent the formation of non-degradable microplastics and/or to develop a feasible recycling strategy for elastomers.

The project starts with Organic and Colloid Chemistry to develop novel biobased and/or biodegradable microcarriers that will be implemented into an elastomer. All steps will be characterized with respect to molecular structure and physico-chemical properties starting on the nanoscale to macroscopic properties. The fabrication of a prototype and understanding of the properties will be an essential part of this project. You will start with Organic molecules and end-up with an advanced material. If you are keen on working in an interdisciplinary environment and are looking for a challenging project, please contact us.


For this position we are searching for an ambitious candidate with a Master's Degree in Chemistry or Materials Science. A solid background in Polymer Chemistry and previous experience in organic synthesis and polymerization are essential. Considering the strongly collaborative nature of the project within the program, we are looking for a team player with good communication skills. Further information can be found on our websites: www.utwente.nl/tnw/spc & https://www.utwente.nl/en/et/ms3/research-chairs/ete/


We offer a very challenging fulltime position in an inspiring multidisciplinary and international environment. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda.

The gross monthly salary starts with € 2395,- in the first year and increases to € 3061,- in the fourth year of your employment.

A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%. A solid pension scheme. Minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment. Furthermore we offer professional and personal development programs.

Additional information

Applications are welcome before August 31, 2021 and should include a specific motivation letter reflecting on the goal and challenges of the advertised project in relation to the interests and skills of the candidate as well as a detailed CV (CV, copies of Master and Bachelor degree certificates including supplements as well as copies of other relevant documents (e.g. publications).

Please apply via the application button below.

For further information, please feel free to contact Prof. Frederik Wurm directly. Intended starting date: as soon as possible.