Vacancy No. IFG 03-19

IFG 03-19 Internship, Bachelor- or Master thesis: P25 immobilized PVDF membrane for photocatalytic degradation of micropollutants

Job description

Micropollutant that includes natural as well as anthropogenic persistent chemicals in water are a rapidly emerging global problem that seriously threatens environmental and human health. Membrane processes are considered as the fast developing and cutting-edge technologies that could be employed in advanced water purification sector.

The hybrid photocatalysis and membrane filtration system combines the advantages of both membrane filtration and photocatalytic degradation. This approach allow the possibility of creating membranes with superior removal efficiency and selectivity that lead to the development of a new water treatment solution. Thus, the hybrid process is a must for achieving an efficiency level not achievable by single process.

The aim of this project is to fabricate nanocomposite (P25-PVDF) membranes based thereon with new functionality in terms of self-cleaning, stability, selectivity, flux, and control cut-off properties. 

The following task will be performed:                                  

  • Literature review on the topic (photocatalytic membrane  and removal of contaminants, like dyes, pharmaceuticals  and personal care products; integration of P25 with PVDF membrane, stability of the membrane 
  • Characterization of synthesized membrane– SEM, contact angle, pure water flux, TGA and FTIR
  • Perform experiments with the micro cross flow system connected to the UV spectrophotometer to evaluate the contaminants removal
  • Analyze experimental data and write/co-author a research publication (in English)
Personal qualification

Studies in Chemical/Process Engineering or equivalent (Uni, TH)

Basic knowledge in polymer chemistry, water treatment technologies, membrane technology. Evidenced writing skills in English language, proficiency with Origin Labs software for data analysis and graphing, willingness to lead or contribute to the writing of a scientific publication.

Organizational unit

Institute of Functional Interfaces (IFG)

Starting date

as soon as possible

Contract duration: 6 months

Starting date:    Flexible/negotiable

Contact person: 

Dr. Chhabilal Regmi: chhabilal.regmi@kit.edu

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andrea Schäfer: http://mt.ifg.kit.edu/

Telefone - +49 (0)721 608 24364

Application

Please apply online using the button below for this vacancy number IFG 03-19.
Personnel support is provided by 

Ms Schaber
phone: +49 721 608-25184,

Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany

If qualified, severely disabled persons will be preferred.