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Material Science Internships

Apply for one of these internships through the Internship Program (IP) (deadline February 15/October 1) or the campus internship track of the Study and Internship Program (SIP) (deadline February 15).

 

 

Internship in Biomimetics

at Bremen City University of Applied Sciences

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Supervisor

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Muessig

Project

MultiHemp - Multipurpose hemp for industrial bioproducts and biomass

In recent years, the increasing need for renewable resources and sustainable materials has fuelled a renewed interest in natural plant fibers. Actual markets of natural fibers are dominated by cotton that, on average, accounts for over 75% of the global natural fiber production. Cotton poses particular concern with regard to sustainability as it has one of the worst environmental footprints of any crop, with particularly high demands for irrigation and agricultural chemicals. In contrast, hemp is a highly productive crop with low demand for water and agrochemical applications. Besides textiles, a wide range of technical applications of natural fibers has already been developed to date, with insulating materials, biobased-composites and geotextiles being the most advanced and promising. Future demand of natural fibers is expected to grow rapidly, thanks to expanding industrial applications that can be addressed by bast fibers.

This research project aims at developing hemp genotypes with enhanced traits suitable for diverse cultivation environments and to provide improved feedstock for a wide array of innovative end products generated within an integrated biorefinery. Our aim is to develop a modular biorefinery in which market forces will dictate the flow of raw material into differing product options. The production of long bast fiber for technical textiles and high-quality composites will be coupled to that of short bast fiber for injection molded bio-composites and insulation products, as well as shives for low carbon construction materials, oil for health and personal care applications, protein for food and feed, and high value chemicals such as phytosterols, waxes, and essential oils.

The research at HSB will focus on fibers, insulation products and composites.

If you are interested in such research projects do not hesitate to contact us!

Student projects are offered in this ongoing research and development project MultiHemp.

Tasks

- Fiber extraction out of plants

- Fiber characterization (mechanical & morphological)

- Fiber and composite characterization

- Composite manufacturing and testing

Requirements

 

Material science background, Engineering background and/or Biology background, good analytical skills, practical skills for laboratory, flexibility and high motivation.

Language Skills

Fluent English (reading, writing, speaking) required, basic German (talking, reading) preferred.

Duration

3 - 6 months

Possible Beginning

Feb.15 application deadline: possible beginning betw. Sep./Oct. & Feb.

Oct.1 application deadline: possible beginning betw. March & Aug.

Earlier beginnings may be possible depending on professor's availability

Credits

Report or final thesis, depending on conditions for recognition at the home institution.

Payment

If the project has third-party financing at the time of the internship. Possibly as a student co-worker.

 

 

Internship in inorganic and analytical chemistry

at Osnabrück UAS

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Supervisor

Prof. Dr. Svea Petersen

Project

Modification and characterization of polymers for medical applications

 

Polymers have found widespread applications in biomedicine, in particular as implant bulk or coating material or as carrier in drug delivery systems. In our lab, we focus on the establishment and characterization of surface modification reactions of polymers including the provision with a local drug delivery function and/or biofunctionalization in order to selectively control cell-implant interactions.

Tasks

 

  1. Chemical surface modification and biofunctionalization of polymers for enhanced biocompatibility and their characterization via contact angle measurements, FTIR, electron microscopy, etc.
  2. Establishment of polymer-based local drug delivery systems and performance of in vitro drug release studies via HPLC and fluorescence spectroscopy.

Requirements

Lab skills are desired, as independent chemical work will be required. A basic understanding of polymers and surface chemistry is desired.

Language Skills

Proficient in English or German

Duration

3-6 months

Possible Beginning

Feb. 15  application deadline: Possible beginning Sept./Oct./Nov. 2017
Oct.  01 application deadline: Possible beginning Mar./Apr./May 2018

Credits

According to agreement

Payment

None

 

Internship in Colloid Chemistry, Nanomaterials and Interfaces

at Münster University of Applied Sciences

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Supervisor

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Michael Bredol

Project

Focus: rheometric analysis and study of structure formation in dispersed systems and nanocomposites

Inorganic nanoparticles dispersed in polymers are used for a broad range of applications. The project will try to follow these and related effects by study of the viscoelastic behaviour of the polymers and nanocomposites.

Tasks

The internship will be concerned with polymer and nanocomposite preparation as well as with rheometric and microscopical analysis, accordingly the character is mostly experimental. Literature review, full documentation and preparation of scientific papers will be included.

Requirements

 

Sound skills in lab practice will be necessary, as independent chemical work will be required. A basic understanding of polymers, colloid chemistry and rheology will be needed as well.

Language Skills

English is working language in the group

Duration

3-6 months, according to agreement

Possible Beginning

Feb.15 application deadline: internship betw. Sep./Oct. & Feb.

Oct.1 application deadline: internship betw. March & Aug.

Earlier beginnings may be possible depending on professor's availability

Credits

Up to 6 CP according to agreement, depends also on conditions for recognition of faculty at home institution

Payment

None

 

Internship in Material Design and Structural Integrity

at Osnabrück UAS

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Supervisor

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Krupp

Project

  • Fatigue Mechanisms of Engineering Materials (e.g., High-Strength Steel, Cast aluminium alloys, welded Al alloys, adhesive joints)
  • Numerical Modeling of High-Temperature Corrosion Processes
  • Powder-metallurgy-processed nanostructure aluminum alloys

 

The Institute for Materials Design and Structural Integrity is working on the identification of damage mechanisms that limit the service life of engineering metallic materials: fatigue, creep and corrosion in various environments. Currently, 15 researchers are working mostly in third-party funded research projects in close collaboration with industrial enterprises. Almost constantly, students and visiting researchers from abroad are supporting the work of the institute. 

Tasks

 

Experimental work in metallography, light microscopy, electron microscopy, mechanical testing, welding, finite-element modeling, CALPHAD modeling etc.

Requirements

basic knowledge of materials science and engineering (MSE) and materials testing (courses in MSE passed)

Language Skills

English required, basic knowledge in German would be helpful

Duration

Typically 3 – 6 months

Possible Beginning

Feb. 15 application deadline: Possible beginning Sept./Oct./Nov. 2017
Oct.  01 application deadline: Possible beginning Mar./Apr./May 2018

Credits

15 ECTS for 3 months; 1 month = 5 ECTS
According to agreement

Payment

To be determined

 

Internship in Organic and Polymer Chemistry

at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences

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Supervisor

Prof. Dr. Claudia Kummerlöwe

Project

Thermal Analysis of polymers and polymer blends, biobased polymer materials, thermoplastic elastomers

 

The intern will work with us in research and student projects. A detailed program will be arranged according to the duration of the stay and the topic of the project.

Tasks

 

Preparation of various types of polymer samples for thermal analysis. Examination of properties of polymer materials by DSC, DMA, TGA measurements. Evaluation of results. Writing a final report.

Requirements

Basic knowledge in polymer chemistry and polymer physics

Language Skills

Proficient in English or German

Duration

Minimum 3 months

Possible Beginning

Feb. 15 application deadline: Possible beginning Oct. 2017
Oct.  01 application deadline: Possible beginning mid-March 2018

Credits

15 ECTS for 3 months; 1 month = 5 ECTS
According to agreement

Payment

None

 

Internship in Rubber Technology

at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences

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Supervisor

Prof. Dr. Norbert Vennemann

Project

Development of Novel Thermoplastic Vulcanizates (TPV)

 

In this project an innovative blend system consisting of a polar thermoplastic component (TPU) and a polar rubber component, based on epoxidized natural rubber (ENR), will be modified by adding different types of fillers. The aim of this project is to investigate the behaviour of fillers from renewable resources on the performance of this novel TPV. Furthermore, a better understanding of the mechanisms of reinforcing of thermoplastic vulcanizates by fillers and the influence of different types of fillers on blend morphology shall be obtained to increase the ability of improvement of the properties of those materials.

Tasks

 

Preparation of Thermoplastic Vulcanizates by means of internal mixer. Characterisation of material properties and morphology of the samples.

Requirements

Basic knowledge on elastomers, rubber technology and polymer testing

Language Skills

English

Duration

3 - 6 months

Possible Beginning

Feb. 15 application deadline: Possible beginning Sept./Oct./Nov. 2017
Oct.  01 application deadline: Possible beginning Mar./Apr./May 2018

Credits

15 ECTS for 3 months; 1 month = 5 ECTS
According to agreement

Payment

To be determined

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