RESEARCH FIELDChemistry › OtherEngineering › Chemical engineering
RESEARCHER PROFILEFirst Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE18/03/2018 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
LOCATIONFinland › Espoo
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK40
Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto University has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and nearly 400 professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.
Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering invites applications for
Master’s thesis position in
“Modelling cellulose interactions toward understanding cellulose fiber regeneration”
Cellulose is an abundant, renewable biomaterial with enormous potential in high value applications ranging textiles, medicine, electronics, and advanced purification filters. Cellulose based materials can be ultra-tough, super flexible, very light, or highly adsorbent. The superior characteristics result from hierarchical ordering of single cellulose molecules to fibers. Key steps in engineering cellulose based materials with superior characteristics and processability is the formation and breaking apart of these fibers in solution. This is still lacking some fundamental understanding, which hampers the use of cellulose’s full potential.
At the molecular level, a cellulose molecule is a polymer of glucose: in this Master’s thesis, molecular modelling (molecular dynamics simulations) will be used for studying the interactions and assembly of glucose polymers at molecular level. The work is in tight collaboration with experimentalist and targets elucidating detailed X-ray scattering experiments data that has been collected sequentially during the regeneration of cellulose fibers from solution. The thesis work offers a superior opportunity to learn via a bottom-up (microscopic-to-macroscopic) approach about biopolymer and polysaccharide systems and to gain insight into the production of a novel class of man-made cellulosic fibers. The work is highly important to improve the award-winning fiber spinning process developed at Aalto University.
This thesis project could be for you, if you have 1) interest and motivation to understand macromolecules in solution at molecular level, 2) good grades, 3) think positively of computers and working with them, and 4) like sugar (or polysaccharides). Suitable study backgrounds include, for example, biomaterials, bioinformation technology, chemistry and physics.
Applications should include a cover letter, CV, and a transcript of current study record as pdf and be sent by email. Enquiries and applications by 18th March, 2018, to Maria.Sammalkorpi@aalto.fi.
Soft Materials Modelling group
Department of Chemistry and Materials Science
Assoc. Chemical Engineering,
Yale University, USA
Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.
EURAXESS offer ID: 285459
Posting organisation offer ID: 110978
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