Subject: Seeking qualified candidate for project scientist position in cementation by carbonate mineralization for 3D-printing applications
The Laboratory for the Chemistry of Construction (LC2) Materials in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is seeking a candidate for a project scientist position starting January 2020. 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 and post-doctoral experience, with a capacity for world-class research that is reflected in a strong publication record.
The successful candidate will investigate the design of CO2 mineralization reactions for the production of resilient, next-generation concrete products with low carbon footprints within digital fabrication (3D-printing). Particular focus will be placed on optimizing process parameters (T, pCO2, RH, flow rates), and component geometries to maximize reaction efficiency, as well as controlling rheological behavior of suspension to enhance the shape stability of 3D-printed components. Relevant expertise in developing process design of chemical processing systems and rheological controlling/characterization of dense suspensions within 3D-printing applications are advantageous. For further details regarding the CO2 mineralization process, 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 a doctoral degree from a reputable university and post-doctoral experience in a topic of relevance (see above). Interest in working in a fast-paced, collaborative research environment is necessary. Applicants with the most relevant research experience in CO2 mineralization and 3D-printing will be preferred.
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 post-doctoral researchers, Ph.D., 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