Third-cycle subject: Chemical Science and Engineering
Wallenberg Wood Science Center (WWSC) is a research center striving for scientific excellence, with a focus on new materials from trees. The center creates knowledge and builds competence for an innovative and sustainable future value creation from forest raw materials. WWSC is a multidisciplinary collaboration between KTH, Chalmers, and Linköping University. The base is a donation from Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, and the forest industry is supporting WWSC via the national platform Treesearch.
Wood is a formidable composite material with unique biological functions and outstanding properties in material applications. Hemicelluloses are key components in wood interlocking cellulose microfibrils and lignin. We have previously demonstrated that wood hemicelluloses have regular repeating motifs that modulate the interactions with cellulose fibre surfaces. This enables hemicelluloses to assemble into rigid and flexible domains on the surface of cellulose fibres. This research program will exploit the biological function of hemicelluloses for the enzymatic surface functionalization of wood fibres. The PhD candidate will study the surface interactions between wood hemicelluloses and cellulose fibres using simulations and experimental approaches. The candidate will investigate the mechanisms of enzymatic action towards hemicelluloses adsorbed onto cellulose surfaces, and how the introduced functional groups influence the stability and rheological properties of the wood fibres using spectroscopic and scattering techniques.
Supervision: Franciso Vilaplana is proposed to supervise the doctoral student. Decisions are made on admissionWhat we offer
To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 § Swedish Higher Education Ordinance), the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with either of the following:
The potential candidate must have a Master's degree on chemical sciences and engineering, biotechnology, or biochemistry. Previous knowledge/experience in the field of lignocellulose biomass, polysaccharide (bio)chemistry, and/or macromolecular/polymer science is an advantage.
In addition to the above, there is also a mandatory requirement for English equivalent to English B/6, read more hereSelection
In order to succeed as a doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. During the selection process, candidates will be assessed upon their ability to:
After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal competency.Target degree: Doctoral degree Information regarding admission and employment
Only those admitted to postgraduate education may be employed as a doctoral student. The total length of employment may not be longer than what corresponds to full-time doctoral education in four years ' time. An employed doctoral student can, to a limited extent (maximum 20%), perform certain tasks within their role, e.g. training and administration. A new position as a doctoral student is for a maximum of one year, and then the employment may be renewed for a maximum of two years at a time.Union representatives
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You will find contact information for doctoral section on the section's website.Application
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Applications must include the following elements:
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