Contract type: Fixed term contract
Duration: 24 months
The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) in partnership with Goodyear and with the support of an Industrial Partnership Block Grant (IPBG) from the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) will drive significant research and development focused on next-generation tire materials including new types of polymers and rubbers.
The primary objective of the IPBG “Materials Research for Tire Technology” is to improve the understanding and performance of materials and processes used in future tire technologies. A future tire, as a highly complex composite material, needs to fulfil a wide range of performance criteria that cannot be achieved without expertise in chemistry and physics. This particular project is focused on the creation of new polymers via coordination (co)polymerization of various olefins by metal catalysts based on Ti, Pd, Ni and/or lanthanides.
We are looking for an experienced researcher able to strongly contribute to an ambitious project focused on the development of new polymers via coordination polymerization of various olefins. During the course of his/her research the applicant is expected to design and synthesize new metal (Ti, Pd, Ni, etc.) based catalysts and further apply them for the preparation of new rubbers. The resulting polymeric materials will be characterized by techniques including NMR and IR spectroscopy, GPC, DSC, TGA, DMTA, AFM and TEM.