PhD position on Anti Fouling Coatings

DTU Chemical Eng.
Wednesday 09 Jan 19

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EnCoat ApS in cooperation with the CoaST Research Centre at DTU Chemical Engineering seeks a qualified candidate for an industrial PhD position on Anti Fouling Coatings.

EnCoat ApS
EnCoat - a private owned research and development company - has over a span of years being deeply involved in the area of coating and lacquers. EnCoat has a specific and profound knowledge within the areas of technical properties based on formulation and solubility as well as statistical test design. The combination of theoretical evaluation of material properties together with laboratory testing and earlier practical experience gives the possibility to make detailed product evaluations and develop our new concept with encapsulation of biocides for anti-fouling products. The industrial PhD position will include courses and cooperation with the CoaST Research Centre at DTU Chemical Engineering.

The Research Center 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 center 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.

PhD position

The anti-fouling coatings of today contain biocides in high amounts to achieve anti-fouling efficacy resulting in a large amount of biocide basically being released to the environment due to polishing without being solubilized. Therefore, it is of interest to develop products minimizing the amounts of biocides in order to strike the balance between best possible environmental profile and maintaining effectiveness.

Encapsulation of biocides and controlled release of biocide is thus a possible technology strategy to achieve an optimized biocide package, which will promote the development of effective fouling control with more environmentally friendly anti fouling products. 

Purpose of Ph.D. project
In order to maximize the efficiency of the biocides, EnCoat has developed a method based on a new concept with encapsulation of biocides for Anti-Fouling products. This active filler technology is in the process of developing into a fully functional component in yacht coatings.

By combining the sol-gel technology with encapsulation of suited biocides, the basic technology for long service life for commercial vessels shall be developed. The goal for this research is to reach filling levels that can ensure 60 months plus anti-fouling efficacy based on research results. The documentation will be combined with real-time exposure on panels in aggressive marine environments in representative waters as well as local exposure. The purpose of the PhD project is to:

  • To find the maximum amount of biocide that can be used as filling of an aerogel and still keep the anti-fouling properties with regard to leaching and polishing of a coating.
  • To be able to describe the biocide release mechanism from an anti-fouling coating containing silica aerogel encapsulated biocide.
  • To prolong the anti-fouling efficacy for an anti-fouling coating including silica aerogel encapsulated biocide aiming at use on large vessels.
Candidates should have a master's degree in chemical engineering. 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 at DTU
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.   

EnCoat offers
We offer an interesting and challenging job with an international environmental focus were R&D goes hand in hand with shaping the commercial profile of the company for the future. The work aims at industrial partners that produces paint as well as biocides/raw materials for the paint manufacturers.  EnCoat is a small start up company with three employees at the moment. We are aiming at a growth with at least one more technician as well as the PhD position offered here. The PhD will be employed by EnCoat ApS and follow a degree programme at the CoaST Research Centre at DTU.

DTU offers
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 projects contact: Director, M.Sc. Materials Physics, FTSC Eva Wallström at EnCoat, or Associate Professor Søren Kiil,
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Please submit your online application no later than 31 January 2019 (local time)To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form. The following must be attached in English: 
  • 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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