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The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences conducts scientific research into geo- and ecosystems on different time and space scales, including human-environment interactions and the sustainable management of primary and secondary resources. The PhD candidate will be coached by prof. dr. Ruben Snellings from the Division Geology of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Department of Materials Engineering at the KU Leuven.
Considering volume and impact, cement and concrete are among the most successful inventions ever made. The downside of this success is that the cement industry today accounts for about 8% of all CO2emissions. Local, sustainable solutions are highly needed to sustain the decarbonization of cement production and mitigate climate change.
This PhD project aims to assess and understand the reactivity of widely available primary and secondary resources for the next generation of sustainable low-carbon cements. Key knowledge gaps to be addressed in the PhD project are 1) quantification and understanding of the intrinsic reactivity of a wide range of primary and secondary resources, 2) synergy and competition in multi-phase low-carbon blended cements. The PhD research will be mainly experimental. Recent reactivity test methods will be combined with state-of-the-art characterization techniques. The collected data will be used to parameterize and validate kinetic models to extract intrinsic reactivity characteristics and predict phase evolutions in multi-phase blended cements.
The PhD position will take place in an internationally reputed scientific environment with a competitive 48 month full-time grant. The position implies the following responsibilities and tasks:
For more information please contact Prof. dr. Ruben Snellings, tel.: +32 16 32 48 89, mail: [email protected]
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