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Early May 2016 the European Commission formally granted the EU Horizon 2020 COSMIC project. COSMIC - the “EU Training Network for Continuous Sonication and Microwave Reactors” - is a key instrument for supporting and training the chemical process industry – and in particular the fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals industries – in their transition from batch to continuous production.

15 open PhD positions
The COSMIC consortium is now looking for a total of 15 bright PhD students ("Early Stage Researchers"). Applicants can submit their candidacy through the on-line application tool of the COSMIC project (deadline: 15 September 2016). The recruitment procedure is described in detail in the application files and involves a high profile Recruitment Event in Leuven, Belgium (Novotel, 10 October 2016). Recruited PhD students are set to start their research around November 2016 - March 2017. 
The COSMIC Project
The intersectoral and interdisciplinary COSMIC training network consists of leading universities and industry participants and trains 15 early-stage researchers (ESRs) in the areas of flow technology, millifluidics and external energy fields (ultrasound and microwaves). These energy fields can be applied in structured, continuous milli-reactors for producing high-value-added chemicals with excellent yield efficiencies – in terms of throughput, waste minimization and product quality – that simply cannot be achieved with traditional batch-type chemical reactors. The chemical processes that are at the heart of COSMIC’s game-changing research are catalytic reactions and solids-forming reactions. COSMIC’s success, which is based on integrating chemistry, physics and process technology, will re-establish European leadership in this crucial field and provide it with highly trained young experts ready for dynamic careers in the European chemical industry.
The 15 ESR/PhD positions in EU MSCA-ETN COSMIC

ESR 1: Ultrasound- and/or microwave-assisted C–H bond activation
ESR 2: Ultrasound- and/or microwave-assisted C=C bond activation
ESR 3: Ultrasound- and/or microwave-assisted C≡C bond activation
ESR 4: Radical formation by ultrasound
ESR 5: Microwave-assisted synthesis of nanocatalysts in batch conditions
ESR 6: Microwave-assisted synthesis of nanocatalysts in flow conditions
ESR 7: Ultrasound- and microwave-assisted synthesis of zeolite catalysts
ESR 8: Microwave-assisted nanoparticle synthesis for health applications
ESR 9: Ultrasound-assisted nanoparticle synthesis for health applications
ESR 10: Ultrasound transfer in confined geometries of flow reactors
ESR 11: Microwave transfer in confined geometries of flow reactors
ESR 12: Clogging prevention in millifluidics
ESR 13: Combining ultrasound and microwaves in chemical processes
ESR 14: Technical process strategy decision methodology
ESR 15: Life-cycle assessment of emerging technologies
More info about EU MSCA-ETN COSMIC:
COSMIC Coordinator:
Jeroen Jordens– Coordinator MSCA-ETN COSMIC
Dep. Chemical Engineering, KU Leuven
Celestijnenlaan 200 F, B-3001 Leuven, Belgium
Other COSMIC Beneficiaries
COSMIC Partner Organisations
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