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PhD scholarship in Nanoscale Imaging of the Aqueous Processes of Precipitation, Dispersion, and Imbibition

FASTDepartment of Micro- and Nanotechnology invites applications for a 3-year PhD Scholarship in Nanoscale Imaging of the Aqueous Processes of Precipitation, Dispersion, and Imbibition.

Heterogeneous processes in aqueous environments are fundamental for a wealth of industrial and natural processes. However, precipitation, imbibition, and dispersion of both liquid and solid phases in water are very difficult to image as they are initiated on the nanoscale.

The aim of this project is to develop new nanoscale imaging methods with emphasis on microfluidic chip-based methods and electron microscopy, for imaging of these processes in model systems and to test their performance compared to other imaging methods and relevant samples from industrial collaborators.

The two main application cases are:

  1. Precipitation and imbibition processes involving oil and water in nano- and micrometer sized channels/pores relevant for enhanced oil recovery
  2. Nucleation and precipitation processes forming dispersions of particles and slurries with relevance for catalysis.

The project is jointly financed by DTU’s Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology, the Centre for Electron Nanoscopy (CEN), and the Center for Energy Resources Engineering (CERE) and involves collaboration with industry. Read more at:

Responsibilities and tasks
The Ph.D. project will involve electron microscopy at DTU’s advanced microscopy facility CEN, the use and development of cryogenic freezing equipment, cleanroom fabrication of microchip systems in our 1300m2 cleanroom facilities, and performing experiments and detailed analysis of the chemical and physical processes with the project partners.


Candidates should have a master’s degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master’s degree in engineering. A background in chemistry and/or physics and experience with the above methods will be beneficial.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by:

  • Kristian Mølhave, Head of the Molecular Windows group at DTU Nanotech
  • Erling Halfdan Stenby, Head of the department of Chemistry
  • Andrew Burrows, Director of the Center for Electron Nanoscopy.

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Kristian Mølhave, Head of the Molecular Windows group at DTU Nanotech on or tel.: +45 2512 6672.

You can read more about the Molecular Windows group on

Please do not send applications to this e-mail address, instead apply online as described below.

Please submit your online application no later than 28 February 2014. Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link « Apply online, » fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one pdf file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their master’s degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and public service. Our staff of 5,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 9,000 students are educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.

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