What will you be doing?
The contribution of renewable energy (RE) to total electricity generation is steadily rising. With electricity market penetration and concurrent technology improve, green electricity will become increasingly business viable for the electrochemical conversion of water, carbon dioxide and biomass platform molecules for the production of a range of chemicals and fuels. These conversions require a significant energy input and thus the combination of catalysis and electrons (i.e. electrochemistry) may offer a number of advantages as compared to analogous thermochemical routes:
- Less demanding process conditions
- Water as a solvent
- Chemistry driven by electrons from RE
- Minimal or no waste produced
- Improved selectivity to desired products
In this context, TNO is currently investigating the electrochemical reduction of CO2. We are currently looking for motivated students who are interested in the following assignment: Investigation of electrocatalytic CO2 reduction to different products (e.g. CO, formic acid, hydrocarbons). You will screen various reaction conditions (e.g. pH, temperature, electrolyte, electrode materials), study the effect on the reaction kinetics and influence on product selectivity . With guidance, you will propose solutions on how to optimize the process (e.g. different catalyst architectures), work with experienced process engineers and electrochemists and contribute to the process design and optimization (e.g. conversion, yield, energy consumption).
The project includes:
- Background literature study
- Kinetics study and optimization of the electrochemical conversion process (e.g. voltammetry studies, electrochemical cell operation).
- Optimization of reaction conditions.
The work is ~80% experimental.
Duration: 6-9 months.
What do we require of you?
We're looking for a master's student in the last phase of their Master in chemistry, chemical engineering and/or materials science related programmes. Experience working in a laboratory is a plus. The important thing is your motivation to optimize the electrochemical processes we investigate through experimental investigations.
What can you expect of your work situation?
TNO is an independent research organization whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organizations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole. Innovation with purpose is what TNO stands for.
The Materials Solution Department combines a range of R&D scientists working at the interface between academia and industry. It is our mission, through the development and application of functional (nano)materials to assist industry with technology developments in the context of energy (e.g. storage, conversion, utilization etc.). The department collaborates with different TNO groups within the Netherlands, whilst also engaging with other knowledge partners at the university and industrial levels.
What can TNO offer you?
You want to work on the precursor of your career; a work placement 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 work placement and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable work placement compensation.
Has this vacancy sparked your interest?
Then please feel free to apply on this vacancy! For further questions don’t hesitate to contact us.
Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.
Contact: Francesc Sastre Calabuig
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