PhD position in Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis

The Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis group external link is part of the Department of Chemistry and the Debye Institute for Nanomaterial’s Science. They invite applications for PhD position in Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis. Decades of polymer engineering have led to various plastic materials with a variety of tune able properties and applications. Considerably less effort has gone into strategies on how to deal with the waste created. The majority of plastic waste is landfilled, burned, or leaks to the environment. Unfortunately, only 12 % (by weight) is recycled globally, mainly because the predominantly applied recycling technique of melting and re-extrusion produces a lower quality plastic. In this project, you will develop chemical pathways to recycle polyolefin waste


  • Master's degree in chemistry or chemical engineering, with a focus on catalysis.
  • Has a strong interest in the fields of heterogeneous catalysis, spectroscopy, and/or analytical chemistry;
  • Proficient in spoken and written English;
  • Creative and a team player with good communicative skills;
  • Hands-on experience in using or building chemical set-ups in the lab environment;
  • Able to work independently in a multidisciplinary environment.
  • Should be able to perform complex and thorough investigations into catalyst materials and performances, and therefore should have the ability to quickly learn new techniques and develop the technical expertise to work with catalytic testing set-ups.

The scholarship Offer includes a full-time position for 1.5 years, which can be extended to 4 years upon good performance; and a full-time gross salary starting at €2,395 in the first year and increasing to €3,061 in the fourth year.

The deadline for application is 31st July 2021. Visit Funder for details