ITCP 02-2023 Master Thesis: Development of new oil filter Membranes via Electrospinning

  • Institute for Biological Interfaces 3 - Macromolecular Materials (IBG 3), Institute for Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry (ITCP)
  • Fixed-Term
  • Full-time

Your Tasks

Compressed air is often used in hospitals for medical applications and laboratories, but can be contaminated with oils from compressors and pumps. To clean the air stream, highly oleophobic membranes are utilized to filter out oil droplets. State-of-the-art glass fiber membranes achieve good oil separation, however they are limited in their chemical structure as well as responsive behavior e.g. towards temperature change, light irradiation or specific gas streams. Electro spun polymer fibers present a huge platform that allows easy chemical modification and therefore adaption for a wide range of different separation systems (gas/liquid, gas/gas, liquid/liquid, and so on). In this project new membrane materials for gas/liquid separation are developed in a collaboration between the Soft Matter Lab at Campus North and ITCP as well as MVM at Campus South.

Your Profile

  • Knowledge of chemical engineering, separation and filtration systems
  • Knowledge of polymer materials processing such as electrospinning
  • Basic knowledge of organic and/or polymer synthesis
  • Basic knowledge of analytical methods (NMR, SEC, IR, UV/Vis, DSC, TGA etc.)

Interested?

Carrasco Sanchez, Raquel

Tel: +49 721 608-42016

Contract duration

6 Months (5 months labwork, 1 month thesis writing)

Contact person in line-management

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Patrick Théato, e-mail: patrick.theato@kit.edu, Dr. Dominik Voll, e-Mail: dominik.voll@kit.edu or Dr. Christian Schmitt, e-mail: christian.schmitt3@kit.edu.