14/01/2020

Catalytic reactions for producing phosphorous-based flame retardant compounds


  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    KU Leuven
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    ChemistryOrganic chemistry
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    14/04/2020 23:59 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Belgium › Leuven
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Permanent
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    38
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    BAP-2020-20
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    859885

The project aims at using highly active catalysts and easy catalytic methods for making more efficient flame retarding compounds, based on the element P. Such compounds, in particular with P-N bonds, are highly desired to replace brominated flame retardants which are in the process of being phased out in an increasingly strict regulatory context.

As a first approach to reach this aim, Lewis acidiccatalysts for exchange reactions of simple phosphate ester precursors with N-nucleophiles (likeanilines) will be studied. In particular, solid catalysts are envisioned tofacilitate product workup. We will seek to establish relationships between the catalyst composition and structure, and the catalytic performance. Besides, the fate of the different flame retardants will be evaluated in solvent-basedrecycling and reprocessing operations. It is ultimately desired to suggest new, fully recycleable flame retardant additives that can also perfectly survive throughout many physical recycles of the plastic material.

Benefits

A full time PhD position for 4 years; standard (i.e. excellent) remunerationpackage of KULeuven. Extra advantages include e.g. a free bike.

Eligibility criteria

Master in Bio-engineering, specialisations Environmental Technology or CatalyticTechnology, or any other profile with an interest in applied chemistry;Master in Chemistry, Master in Chemical Technology. Master level required

Selection process

For more information please contact Prof. dr. ir. Dirk De Vos, mail:dirk.devos@kuleuven.be
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