18/03/2019

PhD on enzymatic oxidation of polyurethane-based glue in the frame of TERMINUS (H202 NMBP)


  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Biological sciencesBiological engineering
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    18/05/2019 17:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Switzerland › Muttenz
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    42
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    21/04/2019
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    814400

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.

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

Enzyme assay

Supramolecular chemistry

Analytical chemistry (LC-MS techniques)

 

Specific Requirements

Experience with lactase is an asset

Reasonable knowledge in polymer chemistry is an asset

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Job Work Location Personal Assistance locations
Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
FHNW HLS IEC
Switzerland
Basel Country
Muttenz
4132
Hofackerstrasse 30

EURAXESS offer ID: 390808

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