Internship | Laboratory development of a novel carbon utilization route to produce formic acid from flue gases



Education type

university (wo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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Anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions are strongly contributing to the warming of the planet. One potential method of decreasing these emissions is carbon capture and utilization (CCU). At TNO, we are developing novel CCU routes to produce CO2 neutral fuels and chemicals for the future. In this project, you will help in the development of a process which converts captured CO2 into formic acid in an innovative manner.

What will be your role?

You will be working in the lab to test various chemical compositions and methods to capture and convert CO2 into formic acid, as well as separating the product into a useful purity for subsequent applications.

The work will be done in collaboration with the Synthetic Fuels team, a small sub-team of the Gas Treatment team within the Sustainable Process and Energy Systems department of TNO. We are a young, enthusiastic team developing various CCU technologies in large EU projects as well as small internal conceptual developments.

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

Translating a concept into reality requires creative problem solving, out-of-the-box thinking as well as a good understanding of chemical molecular interactions such as acid-base bonding, polarity and related separation methods. It is important to be able to work independently as well as feel comfortable to have technical discussions with the team whenever there are results or difficulties.

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: Daniel Laake, van
Phone number: +31 (0)6 114 57945

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


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