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Two PhD positions available in the Laboratory of Civil Engineering

Two PhD positions are available in the framework of the EOS Interact project (https://interact.ulb.be) "An interdisciplinary multiscale assessment of a new generation of concrete with alkali activated materials."

This project bridges knowledge gaps for alkali-activated material (AAM), by applying experimental and theoretical methods to AAM. This research will provide in-depth understanding on the fundamental mechanism of the solidification processes, rheological properties, volume stability, and evolution of mechanical properties. This will be coupled with predictive multiscale modelling. By interlinking the complementary expertise of the involved partners, the limits of current research capabilities are pushed forward, an new methods for developing “microstructurally designed concrete” might arise. In addition, this project will formulate challenging technique developments, adapted to AAM at the scale of industrial concrete applications. The insights obtained in this project will not be beneficial for AAMs only, as they will provide a scientific basis for designing environmentally friendly binders with properties as favourable or even superior to the ones of classical cement paste.

See the detailed job description offers : PhD position 1, PhD position 2

Contact :

Stéphanie Staquet (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Arnaud Deraemaeker (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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New PhD position in Circular Economy

The PhD project will problematize the eclosion of Circular Economy (CE) configurations with respect to their multi-dimensional performances. Circular Economy initiatives in private companies show a rich diversity of business cases and industrial/commercial models by combining different mechanisms and concepts such as the ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ nexus, the material cycling and material flow concepts, systems thinking, etc. Simultaneously, a subset of EC initiatives implements alternative economic models, e.g. cooperatives, platform economy, etc. Considering the current socio-political importance given to such EC initiatives in terms of the competitiveness of the business opportunities they develop, the present PhD project intends to question whether the vital sustainable systems thinking is operationalized by such EC initiatives.

The Phd project will contribute to the methodological and empirical development of multi-dimensional performance evaluations of EC-initiatives, in particular on two cases from different economic sectors: (a) Combining the mobility and energy sector by reusing 2nd life batteries in electric grid applications and (b) a case from the building sector. The elaboration of the multi-dimensionality of the framework is part of the PhD project, but could cover dimensions such as economic viability, commercial potential, innovative transformativity, environmental life-cycle performance, social acceptance…

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