Research Assistant/ Associate in Polymer and Composite Engineering
The Future Materials Group at Imperial College London, led by Dr Koon-Yang Lee is seeking a Research Associate to manufacture “artificial wood”, i.e. cellulose microfibril-reinforced lignin composites with the native cellulose-I structure preserved (mimicking wood cell wall), using simple and intrinsically scalable manufacturing concepts. There is currently a timely need to design and manufacture renewable materials for high volume...
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- Reference ENG01652
- Date posted 16 April 2021
- Closing date 16 May 2021
The Future Materials Group at Imperial College London, led by Dr Koon-Yang Lee is seeking a Research Associate to manufacture “artificial wood”, i.e. cellulose microfibril-reinforced lignin composites with the native cellulose-I structure preserved (mimicking wood cell wall), using simple and intrinsically scalable manufacturing concepts.
There is currently a timely need to design and manufacture renewable materials for high volume structural applications and decouple our economy from fossil-derived non-renewable resources. Cellulose-based natural fibres are the prime candidate for the production of low-cost high-performance renewable composites. However, there is still a property-performance gap between natural fibre-reinforced polymers and traditional fossil-derived engineering materials. It is envisaged that the resulting “artificial wood” will target engineering applications that cannot be achieved by conventional bio-based polymers or renewable natural fibre-reinforced polymers alone and could serve as alternative to traditional glass fibre-reinforced polymers.
In this project, you will be (i) manufacturing “artificial wood” from (low cost) ionic liquid, (ii) design and manufacture of unidirectional and continuous “artificial wood” fibre-reinforced renewable composites and (iii) optimising the techno-economics and lifecycle of “artificial wood” manufacturing.
This post is available immediately and the appointment is for 24 months.
Duties and responsibilities
The post holder will also be expected to undertake and deliver high quality research that is published in high impact peer-reviewed journals and presented at local, national and international meetings, as well as assist with the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Hold a PhD (or equivalent) in engineering or a closely related discipline, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience
Near completion of a PhD (or equivalent) in engineering or a closely related discipline, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience
For both levels
The applicant should also have extensive knowledge on:
- Physics and chemistry of (ligno)cellulosic materials
- Polymer and composite processing involving (ligno)cellulosic materials
- Physical and chemical characterisations of (ligno)cellulosic materials
- Synthesis of, or able to demonstrate relevant knowledge on the use of, ionic liquids for (ligno)cellulosic materials processing
*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £36,045 - £39,183 per annum.
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