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Two Ph.D. positions open in partner lab in Rome

Collaboraiton partners in Rome, Italy, are seeking talented students for two Ph.D. positions. We would like them to have the very best candidates and hope there will be applications from BOKU students. The deadline is already on the 28th of October. Please see:

 

First Position
 

Title: Advanced filtration systems for the extraction of micro- and nanoplastics from wastewater
 
Description: The ideal candidate will investigate, both computationally and experimentally, and design advanced filtration systems for the extraction of micro and nanoplastics (hereinafter MNPs) from wastewater.  The presence of MNPs in wastewater, due e.g to intensive washing synthetic fibers and to the fragmentation of plastic objects, is a particularly insidious form of contamination. Indeed MNPs are not removed from wastewater, because the sanitation technology currently in use in water treatment plants is not able to remove these particles. So they are transported and dispersed into the sea, with a devastating environmental impact. It is worth mentioning that MNPs enter the human food chain because fishes ingest MNPs. By means of her/his work the ideal candidate will give an important contribution to the conservation of the ecosystem and biodiversity, as well as to the promotion of sustainable development. Stages are foreseen in a company which produces advanced water filtration systems, in order to test in situ the technology developed by the candidate, and at the Helmholtz Institut Erlangen Nuernberg, where there is a research group expert in modelling complex flows, such as that of MNPs in water.
 
Requisites: M.Sc. in Mechanical or Civil Engineering or Physics,  or Chemistry
 
Duration of the position: 3 years
 
If interested, please contact urgently:
 
Prof. Michele La Rocca
michele.larocca(at)uniroma3.it
Dept. of Engineering – Roma Tre University, Rome Italy

Second Position:

Title:  Definition of physically based operational protocols for the design of soil washing interventions
The PhD aims to introduce quantitative techniques in the design of soil washing interventions, specifically in the removal of oily hydrocarbons from the subsoil. As part of the remediation of soils affected by oil spillage, it is common practice to mobilise the oils trapped in the pores through the injection of surfactants, surfactant polymers capable of promoting the fine dispersion of oily masses and their removal. The complexity and heterogeneity of the phenomena that contribute to defining these dynamics has so far prevented the implementation of quantitative approaches in applications. In practice, protocols are used based on previous experience with similar cases, and an iterative analysis of the system's response to changes in the characteristics of the injections. Unfortunately, the characteristic times of evolution of these phenomena are sometimes so long that iterative approaches are not compatible with the need to ensure a fast and certain response to the request for site remediation, often related to the need to use the underground water resource. In this context, the PhD aims to analyse, mainly numerically, the dynamics of the two-phase flow of oils in water in a porous medium at the pore scale (micro-scale). The PhD student will carry out a research period of 6 to 12 months at the company C.G.A. S.r.l. - Consulenze Generali Ambientali - in Rome.

 

Requisites: M.Sc. in Mechanical or Civil Engineering or Physics,  or Chemistry
 
Duration of the position: 3 years
 
If interested, please contact urgently:
 
Prof. Pietro Prestininzi


Dept. of Engineering – Roma Tre University, Rome Italy