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Postdoc Continuous-Flow Reactions in Pickering Emulsions

Faculty Applied Sciences

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Functie omschrijving

Emulsions stabilized by solid particles (also known as Pickering emulsions) exhibit remarkable stability and have found applications in advanced materials, lightweight composites, encapsulation, food and cosmetics. After the pioneering demonstration that catalytic nanoparticles can be localized at the interface of emulsion droplets (Crossley et al, Science 2010), research in Pickering emulsions for catalysis is now a rapidly expanding area. In this project you will explore the emerging application of the Flow Pickering Emulsion strategy (Zhang et al, JACS 2016) in biphasic, organic-aqueous, catalyzed reactions. You will use surface modification to control the localization of nanoparticles at organic-aqueous interfaces, and investigate novel aspects of transport phenomena in these complex, multiphase systems (Garbin, Curr Opin Coll Interf Sci 2019). Core-shell, catalytic nanoparticles will be made using Atomic Layer Deposition (van Ommen & Goulas, Materials Today Chemistry 2019) with precise control of the surface properties. You will evaluate the performance of continuous-flow reactions and link it with the microscopic properties of the particles/droplets and their dynamics, with a view to scaling up. The project is a collaboration between the group of Dr. Valeria Garbin (https://garbinlab.org), who specializes in transport phenomena, colloid and interface science, and soft matter engineering; and the group of Prof. Ruud van Ommen, who specializes in chemical reaction engineering, particle technology, and scaling-up nanotech approaches.

The project is based in the Department of Chemical Engineering which is active in the fields of energy, health, water, and the environment. TU Delft’s strong reputation in the field is emphasized by its ranking in the top-10 universities worldwide in the QS World Ranking 2019 for the subject Chemical Engineering.
Chemical Engineering is one of the 7 departments in the Faculty of Applied Sciences, the largest faculty of TU Delft.

Functie eisen

We are looking for candidates with a PhD (or near completion) in Chemical Engineering or related discipline. Candidates should:

  • possess an excellent track record in their education and research;

  • have a strong background in transport phenomena and reaction engineering;

  • possess proven experimental skills in microfluidics, microscopy, colloid and surface chemistry, and/or reaction engineering;

  • demonstrate an interest in valorization of fundamental research (e.g. scaling up);

  • be pro-active for innovative solutions;

  • demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with different audiences;

  • have an excellent command of English (written and spoken);

  • demonstrate an open mind to collaborate with other scientists and industry.


Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.

Informeren en solliciteren

For information about this vacancy, you can contact Dr. Valeria Garbin, Associate Professor, email: V.Garbin@tudelft.nl.
For information about the selection procedure, please contact Sandra Paffen, secretary, email: Secr-ChemE-TP-TNW@tudelft.nl.

To apply for the position, please submit by email to Secr-ChemE-TP-TNW@tudelft.nl the following documents in PDF format:

  1. A one-page motivation letter that is specific to this vacancy;

  2. A CV including list of publications;

  3. A copy of your PhD thesis or the main papers from your PhD project;

  4. Contact information of at least 2 references (name + email)

Please clearly indicate the vacancy number (TUD00187) in the subject of your email. The post is available immediately. The preferred starting date is September 2020.

A pre-employment screening can be part of the application procedure.

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