PhD position on Intumescent Coatings

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The CoaST Research Centre at DTU Chemical Engineering seeks a qualified candidate for a vacant PhD position on intumescent coatings.

The Research Centre CoaST
The activities in CoaST cover coating technologies from raw materials, over formulation, test and characterization to production and application. In the broad perspective, the centre will support development, production and use of high performance coatings with improved sustainability profiles over the lifetime of the coating. Areas of research are anticorrosive coatings for steel structures, blade coatings for wind turbines, intumescent coatings for passive fire protection, antifouling coatings for ships, insulation coatings for heat loss reduction, coatings for the cement- and mineral industries, and coatings for oil- and gas pipelines at high temperature and high pressure.

Responsibilities and tasks

In the event of a fire, intumescent coatings initiate a complex series of chemical reactions to form a thermally insulating char layer, which can protect load-bearing steel structures in buildings, infrastructures (e.g. airports), or offshore installations, thereby allowing people a longer escape time. The char formed is a porous, multi-cellular structure with a thermal conductivity that depends on the porosity and the pore size distribution.

Purpose of Ph.D. project
The purpose of this project is to develop characterization methods, which allow a mapping of the pore size distribution and defects (cracks) of intumescent coating chars, and subsequently design a formulation-testing strategy to develop coatings with optimal char structures.

Candidates should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) in chemical engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree. In addition, the grade average (Danish grading scale, see DTU homepage) of the master degree should be at least eight and preferably higher.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

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Further information
For further information on the project contact: Associate Professor Søren Kiil ( 

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Please submit your online application no later than 1 October 2020 (local time)Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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