Netherlands: PhD researcher in Materials Science, Chemistry or Physics

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Coil-coated systems (sheet material with a
coating applied afterwards) are increasingly being used in especially:
applications in the automotive, the white good industry and in
architectural applications. The cost advantage compared to post coating
of appliances is very large. A zinc layer on top of the steel sheet is
often used to improve the corrosion resistance. Adhesion of coatings to
galvanized steel is very relevant for durability of the products. The
urgency for developing better systems is high due to recent stringent
legislation which prohibits further use of Cr VI on the one hand and on
the other hand puts a higher emphasis on sustainable materials

The project aims are:

•Identification of the type and composition of (hydr)oxides and
carbonates on various zinc surfaces (e.g. hot dip galvanized,
galvanneal and galvalume) after different treatments. This is the
starting point for a study of the adhesive properties of these surfaces
using model compounds.
•This information is a basis to the final goal, which is the
improvement of the bonding strength and stability of practical

The PhD researcher will study the adhesion of organic coatings to
various types of galvanized steel. Both a fundamental investigation at
the molecular level using model molecules simulating the functional
groups of organic coatings, and a macroscopic view on adhesive
properties will be part of the project. A combination of
electrochemical, optical (FTIR) and surface analysis techniques (a full
range is available) will be used.

The work will be carried out in close co-operation with our
Industrial partner, Corus. The PhD Researcher will have a unique
opportunity and should be comfortable to work and interact with a
multi-disciplinary team of researchers consisting of physicists,
chemical, and mechanical engineers on a regular basis, within both
industry and academia.


The PhD candidate should have:

•a Master’s degree in Materials Science, Chemistry or Physics;

•a firm background in metallurgy, surface and interface characterization and affinity with polymer chemistry is favorable;

•relevant experimental skills in surface and interface
characterization, preferably in relation with polymer/metal chemistry,
corrosion technology and/or electrochemistry;
•good written and oral communication skills in English.

The vacancy is located at Delft University of Technology and the
PhD Researcher will obtain a doctorate degree awarded by Delft
University of Technology.

Additional information about the job:
fulfilling a PhD position at the M2i, the candidate will be given the
status of PhD Researcher. He/she will have employee status and will be
eligible for all the employee benefits offered by the M2i. The contract
is for 4 years. Gross salary for the first year is EUR 2,195 gross per
month. This amount increases to EUR 2,533 gross per month in the fourth
year. The PhD thesis should be completed at the end of the 4th year
term with the M2i. A training program is part of the agreement. The
researcher and the supervisor will draw up a plan for any additional
training and supervision that is specifically needed.


Materials innovation institute M2i

Conditions of employment

Estimated maximum salary per month: eur 2000 – 2500
Employment basis: Temporary for specified period
Duration of the contract: 4 years

Additional Information

Or additional information can be obtained through one of the following links.

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You can apply for this job before 31-12-2008 by sending your application to:

Mekelweg 2
2600 GA Delft

E-mail address:

When applying for this job always mention the vacancy number AT MC6.06254.
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