The University of Melbourne – Research Fellow

From: The University of Melbourne

Position: Research Fellow (Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)

The Position:

Membrane technology is of increasing importance in industrial operations. It is the basis of water desalination and is gaining prominence for natural gas purification and the separation of ethanol and water. Water is endemic in these systems, but its permeation behaviour is not fully understood. You will work to broaden scientific understanding of such water permeation through commercially relevant non-porous polymeric membranes. Permeation, solubility and diffusivity will be studied in the vicinity of the glass transition temperature to elucidate the changes in free volume that occur through this transition. Non-linear concentration gradients due to anisotropic swelling will be probed using novel laminated membrane systems. Results will be used to build a new phenomenological model of water permeation that can be used directly by engineers in the design of industrial membrane systems.

You will conduct independent research, leading to the preparation and publication of research outcomes in conferences and journals. You will be located in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in the Melbourne School of Engineering and will be expected to be an active member of the Department, collaborating with other researchers. You may undertake small amounts of teaching and research supervision directly related to your area of research, as required.

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