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Training Position – The Incorporation of PCM Enhanced Building Material in Envelopes for Energy Saving Purposes

Status: Closed

General Information


The Incorporation of PCM Enhanced Building Material in Envelopes for Energy Saving Purposes

Sending Institution

Notre Dame University - Louaize (NDU) in Lebanon

Host Institution

University of La Rochelle (ULR) in France


Dr. Ameur Hamami from ULR

Dr. Talal Salem from NDU

Start Date

April 24, 2023

Application Deadline

March 31, 2023


Phase Change Material, Concrete, Energy Saving, Building envelope, Heating & Cooling, Hospitals

Profile & Skills Required

Civil Engineering Student who is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree, with a background in materials and energy efficiency in the built environment

Promoting Research Work

All relevant results will be published in international journals and presented at national and international conferences. In addition, if these materials perform well, the patentability of any new results will be considered before any public disclosure.

Training Details


Phase Change Materials (PCM) are substances that can absorb, store, and release heat energy upon phase changes based on their melting temperatures. At NDU, we are researching and working towards enhancing building materials and making them energy efficient. The use of PCM enhanced materials in building envelopes, including hospitals, will directly relate to a decrease in the heating and cooling loads of the buildings, hence reducing energy demands, while also enhancing the indoor thermal comfort.


To validate the framework, quality tests must be performed on the materials. Several tests were already done; however, some remain undone due to their unavailability in Lebanon. The objective of this training is to conduct these remaining tests to get a full image of the properties of these materials. These tests include: Thermal conductivity/resistance, sound, and aging tests.

Modality of the application

1. Create a student account. Click here.
2. Download the guide for applicants, application Form N°1, and application Form N°2.
3. Prepare, sign, and submit your full application online no later than March 6, 2023.

Candidates are invited to download the SWaTH Mobile App and Log In to check the updated status of their application.

Any omission or non-compliance with the instructions requested will result in the Applicant's ineligibility. Any application that does not comply with the instructions will be rejected.