PhD position in Chemical Engineering, DTU, Denmark

    PhD position in Chemical Engineering, DTU, Denmark

    PhD position on bio-based anticorrosive coatings for the heavy industry, in collaboration with The Department of Fibre & Polymer Technology at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, The CoaST Research Centre at DTU Chemical Engineering, Denmark

    PhD position on Bio-based Anticorrosive Coatings for the Heavy Industry


    Apr 12, 2021 23:59 (GMT+1)


    PhD position

    No. of Position(s)


    Research area

    Chemical engineering


    According to standard norms


    The CoaST Research Centre
    DTU Chemical Engineering

    Contract period

    3 years


    Professor Søren Kiil
    DTU Chemical Engineering. 


    Candidates should have a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree.


    The master degree should be in chemical engineering, preferably with a specialization in polymer synthesis and/or coating formulation. In addition, the grade average (Danish grading scale, see DTU homepage) of the master degree should be at least 8 and preferably higher. The master thesis grade should be at least 10.

    Responsibilities/Job Description

    Large steel structures, such as ships and wind turbine towers, are protected by multi-layer anticorrosive coating systems. In this PhD project, we plan to replace part of the hydrocarbon-based binders in coatings for so-called atmospheric exposure (i.e. above water) with bio-based materials derived from plants or trees. To ensure application, film formation, and curing at ambient conditions, the new binder system should be two-component (i.e. chemically curing). At present, the chemistries of interest are epoxidized vegetable oils or wood-based lignin derivatives that can co-react with conventional systems. This may ultimately enable the coatings industry to formulate more sustainable products with a lower carbon footprint.

    Purpose of Ph.D. project
    The approach involves synthesis and upscaling to liter-scale of the new binders, ensuring compatibility between binders and other coating ingredients (pigments, solvents, additives), proper pigment dispersion and film formation, adequate coating rheology for all stages of the coating use, and year-long anticorrosive coating properties under exposure to sunlight and salt spray. The outcome of the PhD project is expected to be a series of coatings with at least 20 wt.% bio-based materials and service lifetimes exceeding one year under dynamic laboratory conditions of salt spray and UV radiation. 

    How to Apply?

    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

    Documents required

    • 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)

    About The CoaST Research Center, DTU (Denmark)

    Activities cover coating technologies from raw materials, over formulation, test and characterization to production and application. The centre supports development, production and use of high performance coatings with improved sustainability profiles over the lifetime of coatings. 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 bio-based coatings for the heavy industry.

    Other Benefits

    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.


    • 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
    • If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark

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