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.
Neodymium-Iron-Boron (NdFeB) permanent magnets are indispensable in today’s technology-driven society. They are used in a variety of products, ranging from small electronic equipment (such as headphones and HDDs) to electric vehicles (EVs) and wind turbines, all applications which are expected to grow in the short- and long term future. The European Commission considers Rare Earth Elements (REEs), including Neodymium and dysprosium which are essential for these magnets, as the most critical raw materials group, with the highest supply risk. Their recycling is, therefore, considered an important method to alleviate dependency on raw materials supply. Larger magnets, such as the ones found EVs and wind turbines, have the highest potential for direct recycling of magnets to alloy and subsequently sintering into new magnets.
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