Open vacancies

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The adsorption team of the Department of Chemical Engineering (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium) is looking for a PhD researcher (targeting a Baekeland project) to research drying of gaseous flows using pressure swing adsorption (PSA) techniques, together with a large world-wide company active in Belgium. The focus is on fabricating, characterizing and testing novel adsorbent structures in a PSA application, from lab to pilot scale. A significant portion of the work involves simulation and process modelling. To this purpose, you can make use of the available setups (including pilot), synthesis knowhow and tools, and modelling expertise and software within both the university as company.

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The adsorption team of the Department of Chemical Engineering (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium) is looking for a PhD researcher to research the adsorptive separation of oxygen-rich gaseous streams emerging within a novel integrated carbon utilization process, this in the scope of a VLAIO funded project involving multiple partners. The focus is on fabricating and testing adsorbent structures for their oxygen separating performance: (I) formulating, shaping, characterizing adsorbents and (II) evaluating these for oxygen recovery (cyclic experiments, process modelling). To this purpose, you can make use of the available setups, synthesis knowhow and tools, and modelling expertise within the team.

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The adsorption team of the Department of Chemical Engineering (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium) is looking for a PhD researcher (targeting a Baekeland project) to research the adsorptive removal of organic trace (ppm level) components in gaseous flow, together with a large world-wide company active in Belgium. The focus is on (I) using available adsorbents in a novel electric desorption concept to test and compare separation performance on labscale, (II) and prepare structured materials based on the available core materials and evaluate performance. To this purpose, you can make use of the available setups (electric desorption), synthesis knowhow and tools, and modelling expertise within both the university as company.

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The adsorption team of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel aims at the development of separation processes for a sustainable chemistry. In this project, we will develop new processes for the recovery of valuable chemicals from renewable resources (lignin oil). In this multi-partner project, new catalytic and separation processes are studied. At the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, process models for the downstream processing of the lignin oil have to be developed using Aspen Plus. The duration of this project is 1.5 years. The team of Prof. Denayer has extended know-how in the field; the well-equipped research lab contains all possible tools for the in-depth study of adsorption separation processes.

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The adsorption team of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel aims at the development of separation processes for a sustainable chemistry. In this project, we will develop new processes for CO2 capture. In this large, multidisciplinary and multi-partner project, new processes for intensified CO2 capture will be studied. At the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, we will develop and study new adsorptive processes based on the use of alternative heating and regeneration methods. This includes both modeling and experimental work. The team of Prof. Denayer has extended know-how in the field; the well-equipped research lab contains all possible tools for the in-depth study of adsorption separation processes.

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The adsorption team of the Department of Chemical Engineering (Prof. J. Denayer) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel aims at the development of better and sustainable separation processes. In the present project, an industrial Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) process is optimized. A fully equipped 2-bed pilot PSA unit is available in the research unit, allowing to obtain very accurate data for the cyclic separation process. In this project, pilot plant tests will be combined with detailed modeling of the PSA process to achieve an improvement of process performance in terms of power consumption, productivity etc. Besides, a full characterization of the adsorption properties of the materials used in this separation will be carried out via a range of experimental methods (gravimetry, volumetry, calorimetry, porosimetry,…) available in the research group.

Closed vacancies

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We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with an interest and affinity for process engineering to work on the development of novel mixed culture microbial processes for resource recovery. The selected candidate will work on the Thermomel project, a research project funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) to investigate the bioenergetics of acidogenic fermentations within the first compartment of the MELISSA (Micro-Ecological Life Support System Alternative; Melissa Foundation). Specifically, the researcher will investigate the conversion of carbohydrates in acidogenic fermentation conditions & the metabolic pathways involved.

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We are looking for a teaching assistant, which is a blend of teaching practicals for Bachelor and Master classes and performing research to obtain a PhD. The PhD topic is "Advanced control for sustainable resource recovery systems", under the guidance of professor Elena Torfs.

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Bij PureBlue ontwikkelen we de MicroForce++ technologie waarbij een samenspel tussen biologische en
chemische oxidatietechnologie wordt gebruikt. Interesse en basiskennis van biologische waterzuivering
en/of oxidatieprocessen zoals ozon en UV is dan ook een must. Onze doelstelling is het ontwikkelen en
ontwerpen van gestandardiseerde systemen waarbij we onze eigen reactoren ontwerpen en modelleren,
de pompen en sensoren selecteren en een besturingsmethodiek uitwerken.

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Het Departement Chemie/Biochemie van de Faculteit Toegepaste Ingenieurswetenschappen zoekt een voltijdse gespecialiseerd medewerker-expert in het domein van de industriële waterzuivering.

Functie

De functie omvat onder andere volgende opdrachten:

  • Je organiseert activiteiten binnen het domein van de industriële waterzuivering waarbij je instaat voor de voorbereiding, opvolging en uitvoering van administratieve, logistieke en/of technische processen die behoren tot de interne werking van de onderzoeksgroep BioWAVE: opvolging van laboschaal waterzuiveringen (analyse van influent, effluent, slibkarakteristieken), uitvoering van chemische en biologische afbreekbaarheidstesten…
  • Je staat in voor de procesbewaking en bijsturing van de administratieve, logistieke en/ technische processen en  je voert controles uit met als doel de vooropgestelde resultaten verder bij te sturen in functie van de geldende normen, de noden van de klant: bijvoorbeeld controle op de materialen, instaan voor een milieuvriendelijke afvoer van de restanten van het wetenschappelijk onderzoek, formuleren van suggesties m.b.t. experimentele toepassingen en methoden.
  • Je staat mee in voor de analyse, evaluatie en ondersteuning van het beleid en/of beleidsvoering vanuit jouw specifieke deskundigheid eigen aan het toegewezen domein: overleg initiëren, organiseren en bijwonen, op peil houden van eigen vakkennis, ontwikkelen, aanpassen en introduceren van nieuwe technieken...

Bij het realiseren van de doelstellingen hou je rekening met de voorziene instructies en de regelgeving.