Doctoral Degree Research in Chemical Engineering, Maastrich University, The Netherlands

Expires on: 04/04/2024


This project is part of the SusInkCoat consortium with partners both the public and the private sector. The goal of the SusInkCoat project is to develop switchable and adaptive functional polymers and additives for low environmental footprint.

Plastics have their drawbacks: their production consumes energy and leads to greenhouse gas emissions; they are made from non-sustainable materials; they do not decompose; and less than 10% are recycled. Much progress has been made in making plastics more sustainable for larger applications. However, thin films, such as those used in coatings and inks, are lagging behind. The SusInkCoat project is changing that. Researchers are developing new materials, processes and applications to improve the durability, functionality and recyclability of coatings, thin films and inks. In addition, the consortium is training a new generation of chemical developers for whom sustainability and circularity are core values.


  •  holds a master degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related fields;
  • has skills in organic synthesis (monomers) and chemical characterization;
  • has skills in polymer synthesis and characterization. Experience with radical polymerization is a pro;
  • has interest in the material characterization of covalent adaptable networks (rheology, DMA, tensile test, …);
  • has a strong interest to investigate structure-property relationships of the synthesized thermosets both from fundamental point of view and for ink and coating applications;
  • is open to scale up polymers for application tests by industrial project partners;
  • The candidate is expected to stay abreast of the recent literature (publications and patents) in the field of recyclable thermosets, develop research ideas and valorised the research in the form of patents and research papers;
  • Likes to interact with academic and industrial partners;
  • is result driven, inventive, creative, counts with potential impact, works ‘accountable’ and works with ownership;
  •  masters scientific English for speaking, reading, and writing. Knowledge of Dutch is not required.

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