Materials Science and Engineering

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering undertakes innovative research dedicated to developing, producing, characterising and manipulating materials. Our goal is to enhance fundamental understanding, forming the basis for better performance, a longer life cycle and preserved functionality, while at the same time improving the sustainable use of resources. Critical Materials is an important connecting thread between our research areas. 

Current vacancies at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering

2 open PhD positions for “greening ironmaking and steelmaking”

The Dutch government has set an ambitious goal to cut the country's greenhouse gas emissions by 49% in 2030, rising to 95% in 2050. Steel production accounts for ca. 8% of global CO2 emissions. The largest share of emissions originates from the production of virgin steel from iron ore in blast furnaces. In response to the goals set by the Dutch government, Tata Steel has developed a vision of carbon-neutral steel production facilities with its HIsarna ironmaking process, and maximizing the use of scrap in converter steelmaking by 2050.

As a joint effort and close collaboration between academic and industry, two research projects have been recently awarded, co-financed by Tata Steel (IJmuiden) and the Dutch government and supported by the Materials innovation institute (M2i). We are now looking for 2 self-motivated and proactive PhD students at MPRR group, department MSE, TU Delft. The positions are available immediate; contract duration: 4-year.

Project CHIRON: Towards a carbon-lean HIsarna ironmaking process
Influence of H2 enrichment, mineralogy and microstructure on smelting reduction of iron-bearing raw materials

Project Max-SCORE: Maximizing SCrap in COnverter REfinging
Shifting the limits of scrap usage in steelmaking converters to minimize CO2 emissions

Interested? Please contact:

Associate professor Dr. Yongxiang Yang
Group of Metals Production, Refining and Recycling (MPRR)
Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)
Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering (3mE)
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Tel. +31-15 278 2542