VITO is a a leading European independent research and consultancy centre in the areas of cleantech and sustainable development. Its research programme ‘Sustainable Materials” holds the ambition to accelerate the transition to a more circular economy from a materials perspective. The Coating and Shaping Technologies (CAST) Team focusses on the processing and (colloidal) shaping of inorganic powders into a variety of products. Depending on the architecture, shape and dimensions, the materials and processes find applications in the area of sustainable chemistry and advanced energy technologies.
For packed bed applications such as catalysis and sorption the shape of the material is of great importance. At VITO’s CAST group we are investigating different granulation techniques to obtain monodisperse microspheres with controlled composition and porosity. We would like to further expand onto this research to prepare porous structured catalyst support materials (such as alumina, zirconia, zeolites, MOFs). (More information: see papers below.) The aim is to explore novel process parameters and chemistry to obtain porous microspheres of the desired materials. These prepared materials will be tested in close collaboration with industrial companies and other research institutes in ongoing research projects.
As a post-doctoral fellow you will take an important role in the development of this rapidly evolving research track. Together with our team of experts, you will actively support the execution and follow-up of dedicated projects on microsphere development to be used as catalysts materials.
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