Two postdoctoral positions: Protein-based biodegradable plastics & CO2 Capture from porous protein materials

100%, Zurich, fixed-term

Two postdoc positions of three years each in the field of biopolymer processing and CO2 capture are available at ETH Zurich in the Laboratory of Food & Soft Materials (Prof. Raffaele Mezzenga) starting January 1st, 2023. 

Job description

The first project will focus on valorization of protein waste into biodegradable plastics. The successful candidate will have a strong profile in biopolymers, plastic processing and manufacturing technologies, biodegradable polymers and materials science in general.

The second project will focus on CO2 capture via protein-based porous materials. The successful candidate will be experienced with CO2 adsorption and separation processes, aerogels, porous materials design, chemosorption processes and materials functionalization.


 M Peydayesh, M Bagnani, R Mezzenga, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 9 (35), 11916-11926 (2021)

 M Peydayesh, M Bagnani, WL Soon, R Mezzenga, Chemical Reviews, (2022)

 M Peydayesh, X Chen, J Vogt, F Donat, CR Müller, R Mezzenga, Chemical Communications 58 (33), 5104-5107 (2022)       

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We seek highly motivated scientists with focus on research and technology transfer.

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Curious? So are we.

Interested? Please send a CV and motivation letter to:

Prof. Dr. Raffaele Mezzenga, ETH Zurich, Food & Soft Materials (

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