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Doctoral student: Interactions between cellulose and electrically cond. materials

Doctoral student: Interactions between cellulose and electrically cond. materials

KTH School of Chemical Science and Engineering is looking for a PhD student in Fibre and Polymer Technology for a Vinnova-funded project regarding Fundamental interactions between nanocellulose and conducting polymers/nanocarbon in energy storage applications. The PhD student will perform his/her studies within the KTH doctoral programme (Chemical Science and Engineering).

Information om uppdraget

KTH in Stockholm is the largest and oldest technical university in Sweden. No less than one-third of Swedens technical research and engineering education capacity at university level is provided by KTH. Education and research spans from natural sciences to all branches of engineering and includes architecture, industrial management and urban planning. There are a total of just over 15 000 first and second level students and more than 1600 doctoral students. KTH has almost 4300 employees.

The School of Chemical Science and Engineering includes the following research areas: Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Fibre and Polymer Technology. It encompasses both fundamental and applied chemical sciences and seeks sustainable development through scientific excellence. Many research activities are interdisciplinary across the borders from chemistry to materials science, environmental science, biochemistry, biology and medicine. The school offers a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Science and Engineering, Higher Education Diploma in Chemical Engineering and three international master programmes: Chemical Engineering for Energy and the Environment, Macromolecular Materials and Molecular Science and Engineering. We cooperate also with the master programmes in Energy and Environment, Materials design and Biotechnology.


The current position, funded by Vinnova, will be placed at the division of Fibre Technology, but will be implemented in close cooperation with RISE BioEconomy and Linköpings University in a joint project aimed at using cellulose fibres and nanofibrils (CNFs) for new energy storage applications. The goal is new, high capacity energy storage devices based on CNFs where the excellent mechanical properties of the CNFs is combined with their durability against harsh environments and their very high specific surface area. In earlier co-operations with Linköpings University we have been able to combine CNFs with conducting polymers/nanocarbons to create energy storage devices with both exceptional electrical and ionic conductivities. We have also exciting results showing that there is most probably a strong interaction between the cellulose and the conducting polymers/nanocarbons used in supercapacitors, sensors and batteries. However, there is no fundamental understanding of the molecular interactions between these different components, which means that the optimization is left to trial and error, i.e. a methodology that in no way is enough for a scientific development of new devices based on these material combinations. The aim of the present project is therefore to form a molecular knowledgebase for these interactions and by doing so, pave the way for design of the sensors, batteries and supercapacitors based on cellulose and conducting polymers/nanocarbons. In this work, modern, high-resolution measurement techniques is to be used where molecular interactions will be linked to macroscopic properties of the prepared materials. You will work closely with other researchers and graduate students in Department of Fibre and Polymer Technology. You will also be a key member of the Division of Fibre Technology, a group with a good atmosphere and a lot of cooperation both within and outside the group. Your duties as a graduate student will also be to compile and communicate your research to others through presentations at conferences and through scientific publications.

Vi söker dig som
  • Have an Engineering or Master's Degree with specialization in chemistry, physics or materials science (or any equivalent degree).
  • Have experience of chemistry laboratory work.
  • Have good academic results in particularly relevant topics for this project.
  • Are able to communicate well verbally and in writing, in English.
It will be considered an advantage if you have additional knowledge or experience in polymer chemistry, fibre technology, (bio)sensing, surface chemistry and surface characterisation methods acquired through, for example, your thesis or additional course work.

As a person you are a problem solver and self-motivated. You act with certainty despite limited knowledge and experience, and dare to try new ideas and go beyond your comfort zone. You take great responsibility in your work and we find it important that you find creative solutions while being structured and critical in your analysis. You will be part of a larger research group and you are expected to build contacts both within and outside your group so it is important that you are good at communicating and building relationships. We will place great emphasis on personal qualities.

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Log into KTH's recruitment system in order to apply to this position. You will reach their website by clicking on "Apply" further down. You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad.

Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

The application must contain the following documents in PDF format:
  • Statement of professional interest (maximum 1 page)
  • CV with at least 2 references
  • Transcripts from university/university college, showing that you are eligible for doctoral studies
  • Example of technical writing, e.g., thesis, essay, course report or scientific paper

The employment is time limited following the regulations for PhD employment in the Higher Education Ordinance (~5 years when 80 % Ph.D. studies and 20 % department service including teaching).

We firmly decline all contact with staffing and recruitment agencies and job ad salespersons.

Disclaimer: In case of discrepancy between the Swedish original and the English translation of the job announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Type of employment: Temporary position longer than 6 months

Contract type: Full time

First day of employment: According to agreement

Salary: Monthly salary according to KTH's Ph.D. student salary agreement

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

City: Stockholm

County: Stockholms län

Country: Sweden

Reference number: K-2017-0983


Recruitment Consultant Tim Knutsson, tim.knutsson@academicwork.se

Lars Wågberg, Professor, wagberg@kth.se, +46 8 790 82 94

Last application date: 2018-01-11 11:59 PM CET
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