Preselected candidates for COSMIC recruitment event on 10 October 2016 Leuven-Belgium

AlessioZuliani Inmaculada Ríos López Mohammed Noorul Hussain
Ana Luísa Maria Jan-Joris Devogelaer Prabhat Ranjan
Busra Ekim Sarac Jose Ángel García Roberta Manno
Dwayne Stephens Joseph Byron Seifeddine Ben Tebra
Fabio Cameli Julien Mahin Tamer Abdelmigid
Fabio Grimaldi Luca Panariello Tilen Zore
Giulio Valenti María Jesús Morán Plata Vidmantas Bieliūnas
Heidy Ramirez Mingyu ZHANG

15 PhD positions in the EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Project: MSCA-ETN-COSMIC
(European Training Network for Continuous Sonication and Microwave Reactors
Project 721290)


Applications are invited for 15 PhD positions (“Early Stage Researchers”) to be funded by the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network “COSMIC – European Training Network for Continuous Sonication and Microwave Reactors” within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission. COSMIC is a consortium of high profile universities, research institutions and companies located in Belgium, Spain, Germany, UK, Italy, Austria and France.

All applications proceed through the on-line recruitment portal on this web address:


ESR Position Topic Main Host
ESR1 Ultrasound- and/or microwave-assisted C–H bond activation KU Leuven (Belgium)
ESR2 Ultrasound- and/or microwave-assisted C=C bond activation Arkema (France)
ESR3 Ultrasound- and/or microwave-assisted C≡C bond activation KU Leuven (Belgium)
ESR4 Radical formation by ultrasound University of Göttingen (Germany)
ESR5 Microwave-assisted synthesis of nanocatalysts in batch conditions University of Cordoba (Spain)
ESR6 Microwave-assisted synthesis of nanocatalysts in flow conditions University of Zaragoza (Spain)
ESR7 Ultrasound- and microwave-assisted synthesis of zeolite catalysts Arkema (France)
ESR8 Microwave-assisted nanoparticle synthesis for health applications University College London, (UK)
ESR9 Ultrasound-assisted nanoparticle synthesis for health applications KU Leuven (Belgium)
ESR10 Ultrasound transfer in confined geometries of flow reactors University of Göttingen (Germany)
ESR11 Microwave transfer in confined geometries of flow reactors KU Leuven (Belgium)
ESR12 Clogging prevention in millifluidics KU Leuven (Belgium)
ESR13 Combining ultrasound and microwaves in chemical processes University of Turin (Italy)
ESR14 Technical process strategy decision methodology Microinnova (Austria)
ESR15 Life-cycle assessment of emerging technologies University College London (UK)

Public Abstract COSMIC: The European chemical industry faces some very serious challenges if it is to retain its competitive position in the global economy. The new industries setting up in Asia and the Near East are based on novel process-intensification concepts, leaving Europe desperately searching for a competitive edge. The transition from batch to continuous micro- and milliflow processing is essential to ensure a future for the European fine-chemicals and pharmaceuticals industries. However, despite the huge interest shown by both academia and industrial R&D, many challenges remain, such as the problems of reaction activation, channel clogging due to solids formation and the scaling up of these technologies to match the required throughput. COSMIC, the European Training Network for Continuous Sonication and Microwave Reactors, takes on these challenges by developing material- and energy-efficient continuous chemical processes for the synthesis of organic molecules and nanoparticles. The intersectoral and interdisciplinary COSMIC training network consists of leading universities and industry participants and trains 15 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.

Beneficiaries: KU Leuven, University of Cordoba, University of Göttingen, University of Zaragoza, UCL, University of Turin, Microinnova, Arkema France

Partner Organisations: Smart Material GmbH, Weber Ultrasonics, Universitat Politécnica de Valéncia, MEAM

General contact persons for COSMIC
Prof. Tom Van Gerven – General Coordinator MSCA-ETN COSMIC
Department of Chemical Engineering | KU Leuven
Celestijnenlaan 200F, bus 2424 | BE-3001 Leuven | Belgium
Tel (+32-)16-32.23.42| tom.vangerven@kuleuven.be
URL: http://cit.kuleuven.be/process

Dr. Jeroen Jordens – Project Manager MSCA-ETN COSMIC
Department of Chemical Engineering | KU Leuven
Celestijnenlaan 200F, bus 2424 | BE-3001 Leuven | Belgium
Tel (+32-)16-32.06.86| jeroen.jordens@kuleuven.be
URL: http://cit.kuleuven.be/process

More info here: 15 PhD positions EU H2020 MSCA-ETN COSMIC (PDF)