The candidate will conduct research within the research domain of printing of functional materials
(nanoparticles) at the Institute for materials research (IMO-IMOMEC) of Hasselt University. The materials
that will be prepared are composed of alternating layers of metallic (gold or silver) and inorganic
nanoparticles (ironoxide) bonded together by a conjugated polymer. The materials (nanoparticles) and ink
formulations will be prepared by collaborating research partners. It is the task of the PhD student to
investigate the ultrasonic spray coating technology to deposit (stacks of) these nanoparticle based inks to
achieve the desired layer quality. A fundamental understanding of the layer formation in correlation to the
ultrasonic spray coating parameters and ink characteristics is a crucial aspect to be researched to finally
model the layer formation of any kind of nanoparticle based inks with ultrasonic spray coating. The
application of these ultrasonic spray coated layers in final demonstrators and/or prototypes is also foreseen
in the period of the PhD.
For this project the candidate will work in a multidisciplinary team with people from material sciences,
chemistry and engineering. Furthermore for this research there will be an interaction with diverse actors in
the field, e.g. academics, companies...
The candidate will also be involved in teaching activities in the faculty of engineering technology.
Preselection based on CV. Interview with the selected candidates.
You can only apply online up to and including 13 August 2018.