Co-op Chemistry Co-Op — Organic Peroxides for Polymers and Composites
Arkema is a major supplier of organic peroxides used in the manufacture of commodity polymers and noncommodity composites, with the polymers made using Arkema technology used in a broad range of applications, including construction-, medical-, sports and recreation-, transportation-, and energy-related products. There are ongoing projects for the development of new peroxide-based initiation systems in both traditional polymerization and composites curing, both of which seek to provide customers with improved performance and safety.
The student will work closely with experienced Arkema researchers to understand the fundamentals of peroxide chemistry and applications, and to discover and develop technology that delivers composites curing with improved efficiency and with safer storage and handling requirements then current systems, and to assess key parameters that impact the viability of manufacturing processes for organic peroxide formulations for commodity chemical applications.
These projects will require hands-on preparation of a variety of peroxide-based formulations, formulation stability testing, application testing, and analysis of polymer-based materials. Managing of tasks associated with these projects will require good planning, high flexibility, and strong laboratory, organizational, and communication skills. Working safely is a priority at Arkema, and all laboratory work must be conducted safely and in accordance with site and group safety procedures.
This is a 6-12 month opportunity at our R&D site in King of Prussia, PA (just outside of Philadelphia), with salary to be determined based on experience.
How to Apply
We are seeking a current Junior majoring in chemistry, although other candidates will be considered. The successful applicant will have exposure to organic chemistry as well as chemistry laboratory experience; polymer chemistry experience is a plus. Applicants are requested to send a current resume and a brief description of relevant chemistry expertise and interests to firstname.lastname@example.org