A PhD Position in Organic Chemistry is available within the Laboratory for Chemical Technology, Ghent University, Belgium for the academic year 2012. The title of the PhD thesis is Multi-scale modeling for optimization of radical polymerization processes.


In this PhD project, a multi-scale model is developed which allows to define the optimal reactor configuration and process conditions for existing industrial free radical polymerization (FRP) processes and to support the development of new functional polymer materials using controlled radical polymerization (CRP).

Description of the PhD Project

Radical polymerization (RP) allows the industrial production of a wide range of commodity and engineering polymers. Further optimization of these production processes on an economical and/or property basis requires a thorough understanding of the interaction between chemical reaction kinetics and physical transport phenomena on the industrial scale. In particular, the polymer industry strives after the optimal strategy to control the chain length distribution (CLD) and end-group functionality of the polymer molecules allowing post-polymer modification.


Applicants must possess a MSc in Chemical Engineering or related subject and a TOEFL certificate (minimum score of 580 (paper) /92 (iBT) /237 (computer)) or equivalent. Relevant experience in the area of reactor engineering, kinetics, and/or computational chemistry is strongly recommended. Candidates must have a strong mathematical background and be willing to focus on obtaining quantitative rather than qualitative results. Excellent candidates with a PhD in the above domains and willing to spend between 1 and 3 years at LCT can also apply for a postdoctoral fellowship.

Application Procedure

Any additional information can be obtained by contacting Guy B. Marin (Guy.marin@ugent.be). Any application should enclose a C.V., a one page justification of your interest and at least two references.

Further details on the PhD Position in Organic Chemistry, Laboratory for Chemical Technology, Ghent University, Belgium can be found on the Ghent University website.

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