Internship | Development and Study of a Model for CO-N2 Separation

Would you like to work on a novel technology for the decarbonization of the industry? Do you enjoy modelling of processes? This is the internship for you!



Education type

university (wo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

At the Biomass & Energy Efficiency (BEE) department of TNO, we support society’s move towards a low-carbon future by industrial innovation. To achieve utilization of the CO in off-gases it needs to be separated from N2, which is commonly present in larger quantities. Due to the similarities of molecular and bulk properties of CO and N2 this separation is difficult. State-of-the-art technologies are based on cryogenic distillation and absorption. TNO is developing a novel separation process based on adsorption. The aim of this internship is to develop a reference model of a vacuum pressure swing absorption process. The model will be adapted from the existing model at TNO. The work scope includes model development based on literature information , the definition and execution of simulation studies, as well as the interpretation and presentation of simulation results.

What do we require of you?

We are looking for MSc students in Chemical Engineering, or related disciplines, with the following characteristics:
  • Enthusiasm about research and technology development.
  • Interest in mathematics, chemistry, physics, process intensification and computer simulation of process units.
  • Motivation to run your project autonomously.
  • Knowledge of Mathworks (Matlab), Python or similar
  • Good command of the English language
  • Availability to work full-time (40 hrs a week) from 3 to 6 months.

What can you expect of your work situation?

TNO is an independent research organisation whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organisations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole. Innovation with purpose is what TNO stands for. With 3000 people we develop knowledge not for its own sake but for practical application. To create new products that make life more pleasant and valuable and help companies innovate. To find creative answers to the questions posed by society. We work for a variety of customers: governments, companies, service providers and non-governmental organisations. Working together on new knowledge, better products and clear recommendations for policy and processes. In everything we do, impact is the key. Our product and process innovations and recommendations are only worth something if our customers can use them to boost their competitiveness. 

The BEE department has an excellent track record in process technology development. Unique modelling and experimental tools have been developed over the years, including demonstration installations that can be found all over the world. Within the roadmap ‘Towards a CO2 neutral industry’, we collaborate with a variety of partners, including large enterprises, SMEs, universities and government organizations, to achieve the decarbonization of the industrial sector. We offer a challenging and international working environment in a field that is of eminent importance for our future needs. In your work you will be integral part of a project team and it will include interaction with TNO employees and fellow students, developing both your technical and personal skills. You will be working on real industrial cases, being supervised and coached by experienced TNO staff. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary research team, which includes scientists, engineers, consultants and technicians. You will be located at the TNO site in Petten, in the north-west of Netherlands. A suitable work placement compensation will be provided.

What can TNO offer you?

You want to work on the precursor of your career; an internship gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a step further. It’s not just looking that interests us; you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That’s why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. You will, of course, be properly supervised during your internship and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. 

Has this vacancy sparked your interest?

Then please feel free to apply on this vacancy! For further questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

Due to Covid-19 and the consequent uncertainties and restrictions, students who are not residing in the Netherlands may currently not be able to start an internship or graduation project at TNO.

Contact: Leonie Lücking
Phone number: +31(0)6-11407983

Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.


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