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Reference : UPR5301-ISACAL-079
Workplace : GRENOBLE
Date of publication : Monday, October 4, 2021
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 12 months
Expected date of employment : 1 November 2021
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : between 2663,79€ and 3783,24€ gross monthly depending on experience
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : 1 to 4 years
With the growing environmental concern, there is a need to replace petro-sourced plastic materials with bio-sourced products. Alternating the hydrophilic nature of cellulose is a bottleneck in such developments. Sizing agents are emulsions that are used in the paper industry to control the penetration of liquids into paper or board products. Up to date, the additives in use are stabilized using either starch or petro-sourced polymers. The goal of the following project is to develop and characterize a new bio sourced stabilizing sizing agent in the form of emulsion, for pulp and paper products to confer them with water barrier properties. The project will take place at CERMAV and CTP taking advantage of the complementary skills of each lab in manufacturing and characterization of bio-based applicative materials.
• The researcher will coordinate a 12 months project between two labs: the CERMAV and the CTP under the supervision of a CERMAV CNRS researcher and a project engineer at the CTP
• Performing a bibliographic and patent survey of existing technologies
• Design and perform lab experiments, develop innovative methods for emulsification and characterize the resulting materials.
• Redaction of reports and presentation of scientific results in forums and conferences
• PhD in chemistry/physical chemistry/materials, knowledge of cellulosic materials is a plus but not a must
• Characterization techniques- emulsion characterization: light scattering, zeta potential, FPIA, microscopy; paper and board characterization: mechanical and barrier properties plus
• Strong sense of innovation, project management abilities and good communication skills
• Highly autonomic, rigorous and creative
• English- indispensable
The CERMAV is a CNRS laboratory located on the Grenoble campus dedicated to the study of polymers from biomass. It is part of the Carnot Institute "POLYmères NATurels" which gathers 5 research institutes around this theme, including the Centre Technique du Papier which is part of the project. The post-doc will take place in the "Structure and Properties of Glycomaterials" team of CERMAV and in the "Structuring of materials" team of the CTP.
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