Postdoc (scholarship) in High barrier materials for wood/cellulose-based materials

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

The workplace

Wallenberg Wood Science Center (WWSC) is a research center which started in 2009 and is funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation. WWSC is a multidisciplinary collaboration between Chalmers, KTH and Linköping University striving for scientific excellence, and the overall aim is to develop new materials from trees. The mission of the center is to create knowledge and competence as a basis for eco-friendly materials for the future.

For more information: WWSC( KTH Campus) and the polymeric materials division

Project description

There is a need for biobased high oxygen and water/moisture barrier materials. The commercial alternatives today are synthetic; EVOH is the most commonly used high oxygen barrier material (poor moisture barrier) and polyethylene is the most commonly used moisture barrier material (poor oxygen barrier). There are, however, very few alternatives for a combined oxygen and moisture barrier based on organic materials and they suffer from several problems; difficult processing and very high price (liquid crystalline polymers) or poor mechanical properties (~100 % crystalline waxes). In this project we shall look at how Nature is solving this issue and design barrier materials by mimicking Nature. The project will involve characterization of materials and design of barrier structures/materials.


PhD in the area of polymer science, material science, organic materials and/or wood-based materials.


Apply to this scholarship by e-mail to scholarship@che.kth.seYou are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad. Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than 2019-01-07. Mark your application with reference number C-2018-2109.

The application must include the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter (detailing both your previous scientific work experience and your interest in this position)
  • Research statement (max 2 pages)
  • Contact information for three references

Please observe that you apply for a scholarship, not an employment.

Period: 2 year

Extent: Full-time

Amount of scholarship: According to agreement

Location: Wallenberg Wood Science Center (KTH campus), KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Teknikringen 56-58, SE-100 44 Stockholm, Sweden,


Professor Mikael Hedenqvist

Head of Polymeric Materials Division

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Dept. of Fibre and Polymer Technology

School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health

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