The interdisciplinary research group led by Prof. Okoronkwo in the Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Department at Missouri University of Science and Technology (MST), is seeking highly motivated students with strong research interests to pursue a Ph.D. degree in the areas of construction materials, polymer and nanocomposites, functional materials, inorganic electride, and microporous materials. The expected starting time is Spring Semester 2019. Tuition will be covered, and a competitive stipend will be provided.
Special emphasis is placed on recruiting talented, self-motivated candidates with a solid background in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, polymer synthesis, condensed/soft matter, or civil engineering. Experience in programming and simulations techniques is recommended but not mandatory.
The specific areas of interest include (but not limited to):
- Advance polymeric admixtures for cementitious systems
- Functional materials for waste immobilization, and CO2-capture/conversion
- Microstructure development and phase balance in cementitious systems
- Inorganic electride for energy harvesting and storage
- Rheology of cementitious materials and complex fluids
- Smart chemical admixture release in cementitious systems
Candidate with the following qualifications or attributes are strongly encouraged to apply: (a) a B.S. or M.S. degree from a reputable university in a related thematic area and an interest in pursuing a research career, (b) a fundamental understanding of material science, thermodynamics, and inorganic chemistry, and © an interest in working in an interdisciplinary research environment. Applicants with relevant experience will be given special preference. The successful candidates will be expected to take personal initiative to structure tasks to meet project goals, network and communicate with other partners involved in the project, mentor undergraduate students, author innovative/impactful publications, and report results at international conferences.
The successful candidate will join the Chemical Engineering program within the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. The department occupies the 68,000 square foot state-of-the-art Bertelsmeyer Hall. Missouri University of Science and Technology is located in Rolla, Missouri. Rolla is roughly 1.5 hours southwest of St. Louis.
Interested students should email Monday Okoronkwo at firstname.lastname@example.org with a resume as well as a brief personal statement outlining research interests and motivations, and contact information for three referees in support of your application (as PDF files). Recruitment will remain open until the positions are filled.
Prof. Okoronkwo (email@example.com)
Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology
110 D Bertelsmeyer Hall, 1101 N State Street, Rolla, MO 65409, USA