Insulation is an important way to reduce energy consumption and therefore CO2 emissions in the built environment. Older houses especially are in need of renovation to achieve this goal. There are many insulation materials available but one of the most promising ones is silica aero gel, an ultra leightweight material that can contain more than 99% air. It also has the advantage of being safe in the case of a fire as it does not produce toxic fumes. However the aero gel that is currently available is expensive to produce and not very sustainable.
The goal of this PhD is the development of a green silica aero gel that is based on a new synthesis process to make nano-silica developed in the Building Materials Group at TU/e. Different industrial side products will be used as a raw materials. The side products of the synthesis itself will also be considered in order to design a zero waste process. The work will be supported by industrial partners as part of the project BRIMM (Bright Renovatie Isolatie voor woningschil door Advanced Materialen en Methodes).
The Building Materials group contains 23 PhDs, 2 postdocs, 3 assistant professors, 1 associate professor and 2 full professors. The BM group works on new, sustainable building materials containing or synthesised from secondary raw materials with good chemical, physical and aesthetic properties and added functionalities. Examples are fly ashes, nano-silica, aerogels, slags, agricultural and industrial wastes or recycled aggregates. Functionalities, including fire resistance, air purification, self-cleaning, high performance, hydrophobicity, are investigated and developed for these building materials. Moreover, durability, such as the degradation of building materials when exposed to aggressive service environments, is studied. The investigations are carried out based on experimental observations and modelling.
The research group possesses an well-equipped, state of the art building material laboratory for physical/chemical/mechanical/environmental testing, and has access to the structural design laboratory at the same department, and shares facilities with the sister Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. The group has close contacts with the building material industry and is frequently cooperating with other researchers, both domestic and international.Functie-eisen
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Candidates who already hold the title of PhD/Doctor will not be considered for the current vacancy.Arbeidsvoorwaarden
Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact
prof.dr.ir. H.J.H. Brouwers, h.j.h.brouwers[at]tue.nl or dr. K. Schollbach, k.schollbach[at]tue.nl.
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