PhD Position Next-gen Adsorbents
Delft University of Technology
Delft, Netherlands, Europe

This PhD is embedded in the recently funded NWO project WaterSmart (Drinking Water Solutions for organic Micropollutants using sustainAble and Robust Treatments). Together with our colleagues from Wageningen University and Research (WUR) and our partners from the Chinese Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences and the Institute of Urban Environment in the Chinese Academy of Sciences our Sino-Dutch collaboration will investigate next-generation adsorbent reactors in combination with existing green drinking water treatment technologies such as riverbank filtration or as a replacement for existing adsorbent reactors. You will be part of a group of 4 PhD students across our three institutions. While the WUR PhD student is going to be busy enhancing adsorption/biodegradation during soil passage in riverbank systems, you as TUD PhD student will focus on unraveling the adsorption mechanisms of highly mobile and persistent OMPs in next-generation adsorbent reactors, and the regeneration methods for these new adsorbents. On the Chinese side the two PhDs will look into transformation products of OMPs and develop models to predict OMP removal performance across treatment plants.