Vacancy No. IFG 05-19

IFG 05-19 Master Thesis: Cyclodextrin crosslinked composite nanofiber for highly efficient removal of steroid hormones

Job description

Organic micropollutants such as steroid occur in water in increasing quantities from predominantly anthropogenic sources. The functionalization of nanofibers with cyclodextrins (CD) is extremely interesting since such nanofibers containing CD molecules can potentially act as an efficient molecular filter by combining the specific complex formation with organic compounds with the very high surface area of the nanofibers. However, membranes from PES-CD are water-soluble. Therefore, the surface of cyclodextrin has been modified to avoid the leaching of cyclodextrin molecules from the nanofiber surface.

The aim of this project is to develop and characterize these membranes i) for water permeability, ii) micropollutant adsorption, iii) breakthrough behaviour. Based on the variation of a number of water quality parameters interaction mechanisms can be understood and the potential micropollutant uptake capacity estimated.

Personal qualification

Basic knowledge in water quality, water treatment technologies, membrane technology, nanomaterials. 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                        as soon as possible

Contact person                     Dr. Alaa Khalil,, IFG-MT, KIT;

                                             Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andrea Schäfer,, IFG-MT, KIT,


Please apply online using the button below for this vacancy number IFG 05-19.
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.