- Do you have a PhD in organic chemistry, polymer chemistry or chemical engineering?
- Interested in helping develop low energy, scalable processes for molecular recycling of waste plastics?
- Join CSIRO's Advanced Materials & Processing Manufacturing Program for this exciting postdoctoral role
CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years of relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system.
CSIRO Manufacturing’s Advanced Materials & Processing Manufacturing Program is seeking to appoint a CERC Fellow to develop a continuous-catalytic process for depolymerising polymers.
Plastics have been revolutionary in numerous sectors, and many of the positive attributes of modern life can be attributed to their use. However, plastics are often treated as disposable commodities, which has led to an ever-increasing accumulation of plastic and plastic by-products in the environment, and an unacceptable growth of microplastic and nanoplastic pollution. This environmental crisis is being addressed, by developing recycling methods to deal with the legacy of plastic waste. However, effective solutions, are still to be forthcoming. In this context, we must develop methods in which given plastics might be recycled with minimal material loss, the lowest energy cost, and the least potential for polluting the environment - turning waste material into a valuable resource.
In this project we aim to develop low energy, scalable processes for molecular recycling of waste plastics based on catalytic depolymerization. The processes to be investigated are catalytic hydrogenolysis, electrocatalytic depolymerization and oxidative scissioning. There will be scope for the CERC Fellow to develop new processes that align with the direction of the project.
The CERC Fellow will be guided by a multidisciplinary team including supervisors and co-supervisors and have the opportunity to network with other researchers in CSIRO and members of the BOTTLE Consortium.