PhD scholarship in Smart Green Materials for Energy Efficient Buildings

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DTU Civil Engineering’s Section for Indoor Environment and Building Physics invites applications for a 3-year PhD position starting December 2017 on ‘Synthesis, characterization and application of composite phase change humidity control materials’

The Section for Indoor Environment and Building Physics is a world leading research centre on indoor environment and energy.  Research activities of the Section provides planners and manufacturers of buildings, building components and HVAC systems with new ways to achieve optimal indoor environments through design and by the operation of low-energy buildings and energy-efficient HVAC systems. The Section comprises world leading researchers in building physics who do experimental and modeling work to optimize the performance of building envelope structures and the materials therein.

Project Description
In order to curtail the growth of CO2 emissions from the building sector, it is essential to improve the energy efficiency of buildings and reduce the use of energy in HVAC systems. One way this can be achieved is through the introduction of innovative passive building materials that can regulate both the indoor temperature and humidity, and maintain the indoor environment at a stable and comfortable level.

The loads of HVAC systems consist of sensible (“dry”) load and latent load (involving evaporation/condensation of humidity). Previous studies of passive materials mainly focus on one individual load (either sensible or latent). For the sensible heat transfer, materials with large heat capacity have been proposed. Traditional  phase change materials (PCM) can absorb or release large amounts of sensible heat, whilst maintaining the temperature of the materials constant during the phase change process. Thus, PCMs can be used to regulate indoor temperature fluctuations and consequently reduce the sensible energy consumption.  For the latent heat transfer, porous materials with high adsorption ability have been recommended. These hygroscopic materials can absorb or release large amounts of moisture from indoor air, and can be used to moderate the indoor relative humidity fluctuations. However, heat and moisture transfers in buildings are highly coupled; and do exert an effect on each other.

The main purpose of the study is to develop a novel green building material that autonomously control both the indoor temperature and moisture fluctuations, and improve the indoor comfort and building energy performance. The research will be carried out by combining activities to develop prototype material composites with experimental work and simulation to analyze the performance of the new materials.

Candidates should have a master's degree in mechanical, civil, materials, environmental or chemical engineering. Candidates with knowledge in HVAC systems and material testing, and with experiences in simulation work will be preferred.

The candidates are expected to have good background in experimental work and be interested in an experimentally based PhD working both in mechanical and material testing laboratories.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship 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.

Assessment of the applicants will be made by the following professor Carsten Rode, associate professor Menghao Qin and associate professor Jianhua Fan.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and an academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

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

Further information
Further information may be obtained from associate professor Menghao Qin, the International Centre for Indoor Environment and Energy (ICIEE) +45 45 25 40 15 or Prof. Carsten Rode +45 45 25 18 52

Please submit your online application no later than 20 October 2017

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.

The Department of Civil Engineering is a university department engaged in building and construction. The mission of the department is to conduct an optimal combination of education, research and industrial collaboration together with innovation. The department contributes to accomplishing social and commercial goals through the development of technological knowledge. Furthermore, the department cooperates closely with the public sector.
The vision of the department is to be one of Europe’s leading civil engineering institutions and thereby become a preferred partner in collaboration with businesses and institutions in the building sector.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 11,000 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.