ORGANISATION/COMPANYUniversity of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
RESEARCH FIELDBiological sciences › Biological engineering
RESEARCHER PROFILEFirst Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE18/05/2019 17:00 - Europe/Brussels
LOCATIONSwitzerland › Muttenz
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK42
OFFER STARTING DATE21/04/2019
EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMMEH2020
In the frame of recently approved project TERMINUS we are seeking for a PhD candidate in order to design lactase-redox mediator systems to depolymerise polyurethane glue during the recycling of multilayered packaging. The position is for 3 to 4 years.
TERMINUS addresses the challenge of unlocking recycling and reuse of flexible multi-layer and multi-compounds packaging materials used for food, beverages, cosmetics, pet food, fertilisers, any perishable goods in general. It will develop a range of smart enzyme-containing polymers with triggered intrinsic self-biodegradation properties, acting as adhesives or tie layers in the design and manufacturing of multi-layer plastics for food and non-food applications. The technology will be applied to biodegradable PUR-based adhesives for adhesive lamination and extrusion coating lamination, and polymers and tie layers (PBS, PLA, PPC or PCL) in blown extrusion.
TERMINUS will base its innovative and challenging objectives on a cross-disciplinary team of renowned organizations with expertise in enzymatic biodegradation of polymers, thermal protection of enzymes using nm organosilica and layered double hydroxide, cyclodextrins, UV and water triggered enzymatic activity, formulation of advanced polymers, manufacturing of multilayer plastic packaging, plastics recycling.
TERMINUS is based on TRL3 technologies and will reach TRL5. It will result in major market opportunities for European industrials in several well established markets ready for market opportunities: plastic packaging (TPPS, STTP), industrial enzyme applications (BIOPOX), PUR adhesives (COVESTRO), biodegradable plastics (IPC), biotech plants (OWS), mechanical recycling (SIGMA). At least 15% of improvement of economic efficiency vs. current solutions (landfilling, incineration) are expected. A reduction of landfilling for multi-layer plastic packaging over 80% together with a reduction of overall plastic landfilling by 55% will be achieved with a minimum decrease by 65% of the overall CO2 footprint. TERMINUS will be a breakthrough in reaching the 2030 European Commission objective to recycle 100% plastic packaging.
REQUIRED LANGUAGESENGLISH: Excellent
Analytical chemistry (LC-MS techniques)
Experience with lactase is an asset
Reasonable knowledge in polymer chemistry is an asset
EURAXESS offer ID: 390808
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