Subject: Seeking qualified candidates for multiple post-doctoral research positions in rheology, 3D-printing, and cementation by carbonate mineralization
The Laboratory for the Chemistry of Construction (LC2) Materials in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is seeking candidates for the multiple post-doctoral research positions starting immediately with a capacity for world-class research that is reflected in a strong publication record. Special emphasis is placed on recruiting candidates with a Ph.D. in civil engineering, materials science, and engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, or a related field with expertise in any of the following focus areas:
(a) Design and microstructural characterizations of cementation via CO2 mineralization reactions for concrete production
(b) Controlling rheology and thixotropy of dense cementitious suspensions and their interactions with polymers for 3D-printing applications
© Developing novel strategies for time-dependent controlling of rheological behavior of cementitious suspensions using thermo-setting/thermo-responsive polymers to tune flow and jamming behavior
(d) Developing novel processing pathways of 3D-printing of cementitious materials and characterization of printed concrete
For further details regarding the CO2 mineralization for cementation and rheology and 3D-printing of dense cementitious suspensions, applicants are referred to sample publications including:
1. Mehdipour, I., Falzone, G., La Plante, E C., Simonetti, D., Neithalath, N., Sant, N., "How Microstructure and Pore Moisture Affect Strength Gain in Portlandite-Enriched Composites That Mineralize CO2", ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 7(15), pp. 13053-13061, 2019
2. Vance, K., Falzone, G., Pignatelli, I., Bauchy, M., Balonis, M., Sant, G., "Direct carbonation of Ca(OH)2 using liquid and supercritical CO2: Implications for carbon-neutral cementation", Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 54(36), pp. 8908-8918, 2015
3. Wei, Z., Wang, B., Falzone, G., La Plante, E.C., Okoronkwo, M.U., She, Z., Oey, T., Balonis, M., Neithalath, N., Pilon, L., Sant, G., "Clinkering-free cementation by fly ash carbonation", Journal of CO2 Utilization, 23, pp.117-127, 2018
4. Okoronkwo, M.U., Falzone, G., Wada, A., Franke, W., Neithalath, N., Sant, G., "Rheology-based protocol to establish admixture compatibility in dense cementitious suspensions," Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 30(7), p.04018122, (2018)
5. Sooraj AO Nair, Hussam Alghamdi, Aashay Arora, Iman Mehdipour, Gaurav Sant, Narayanan Neithalath, "Linking Fresh Paste Microstructure, Rheology and Extrusion Characteristics of Cementitious Binders for 3D Printing", Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 102(7), Pages 3951-3964 (2019)
6. Ketel, S., Falzone, G., Wang, B., Washburn, N., Sant, G., "A printability index for linking slurry rheology to the geometrical attributes of 3D-printed components", Cement and Concrete Composites, 101, pp. 32-43, (2019)
7. Sant, G., Ferraris, C.F., Weiss, J., "Rheological properties of cement pastes: a discussion of structure formation and mechanical property development," Cement and Concrete Research, 38(11), pp.1286-1296, (2018)
For full-consideration, the applicant is expected to possess the following qualifications: (a) a Ph.D. degree from a reputable university in a topic of relevance and an interest in pursuing a research career, (b) a fundamental understanding in any of the following areas: rheology of cementitious materials, interaction between polymeric dispersants and cementitious materials, 3D-printing of cementitious materials, and cementation via CO2 mineralization and © an interest in working in a fast-paced, collaborative research environment.
The successful candidate will be expected to take personal initiative to structure tasks to meet project functions and author novel publications. The candidate will also be expected to mentor graduate and undergraduate students, teach courses in relation to expertise (if the opportunity arises), fulfill project administration functions, and assist in proposal development. The candidate is expected to meet programmed project goals, and be capable of responding to deliverable timelines in the academia-industry collaborative research.
All positions are programmed for a 1-year duration but can be extended by mutual agreement. If you meet the above requirements and are interested in this position, please provide the following documents (as PDFs) to the contact noted below: a detailed resume, a short personal statement explaining your scientific and research interests, and contact information for three referees in support of your application.
Prof. Gaurav N. Sant
Professor and Henry Samueli Fellow
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Director, Institute for Carbon Management