Internship | Electrochemical production of platform molecules from sustainable raw materials



Education type

university (wo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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The contribution of renewable energy sources in the total energy generation mix is steadily rising. One of the issues of renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind, is intermittency and therefore electricity price variation. Cheap electricity improves the business case of electrochemical production of chemicals as they usually require significant energy for chemical conversions. Additionally, electrochemical production and utilisation of renewable electricity and bio-based renewable chemicals improves significantly sustainability of the production. At TNO, we focus on the development of electrochemical conversion processes, which includes fundamental studies, followed by optimisation of the electrochemical system to industrially relevant and economically feasible conditions, techno-economic analysis and up-scaling.

What will be your role?

The purpose of this assignment is a development of an electrochemical route for production of green chemicals from renewable feedstocks, such as biomass. Within this project, you will learn and investigate how the target molecule can be produced by electrolysis and how such production technology can be scaled up. You will perform an experimental work to understand and optimize the electrochemical reaction of interest. Then, the project will focus on the scaling up the reaction towards electrolysis at industrially relevant conditions in an electrochemical flow reactor. You will be working closely with experienced process engineers and electrochemists and contribute to the process design and optimization (e.g. conversion, yield, energy consumption) of the selected electrochemical production route.

How do you want to contribute to tomorrow's world? How big can your impact be? Come and work at TNO and envision it.

What we expect from you

We expect that you:
  • Will be enthusiastic and eager to learn about electrochemistry.
  • Will be interested in performing an electrochemical characterization and electrolysis experiments for optimization of the reaction and the setup to achieve target performance.
  • Will always work safely in the lab.
  • Will show a great deal of autonomy and have a structured approach in your work.

What you’ll get in return

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.

TNO as an employer

At TNO, we innovate for a healthier, safer and more sustainable life. And for a strong economy. Since 1932, we have been making knowledge and technology available for the common good. We find each other in wonder and ingenuity. We are driven to push boundaries. There is all the space and support for your talent and ambition. You work with people who will challenge you: who inspire you and want to learn from you. Our state-of-the-art facilities are there to realize your vision. What you do at TNO matters: impact makes the difference. Because with every innovation you contribute to tomorrow’s world. Read more about TNO as an employer.

At TNO we encourage an inclusive work environment, where you can be yourself. Whatever your story and whatever unique qualities you bring to the table. It is by combining our unique strengths and perspectives that we are able to develop innovations that make a real difference in society. Want to know more? Read what steps we are taking in the area of diversity and inclusion.

The selection process

After the first CV selection, the application process will be conducted by the concerning department. TNO will provide a suitable internship agreement. If you have any questions about this vacancy, you can contact the contact person mentioned below.

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.

Has this job opening sparked your interest?

Then we’d like to hear from you! Please contact us for more information about the job or the selection process. To apply, please upload your CV and covering letter using the ‘apply now’ button.

Contact: Roman Latsuzbaia
Phone number: [email protected]

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


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