Internship | Light absorption by metal nanoparticle in an antenna-reactor
Using sunlight directly to form fuels for the future? Make it possible at TNO!
Education typeuniversity (wo)
TypeInternship and graduation project
Hours a weekFulltime – 40
What will be your role?
Currently our group has developed different platforms to experiment on plasmon-enhanced catalysis with nanoparticles of various sizes and shapes to facilitate a particular chemistry, e.g. Suzuki reaction, water splitting, CO2 reduction, solar fuels. How effective each system is will depend not only on the light exposure (e.g. intensity, monochromatic versus full spectrum, etc.) but also on how the nanoparticles are encounter in a reactor (e.g. disperse in solution versus deposited in a substrate). In this assignment we look to synthetize different metallic nanoparticles and by controlling the shape and the size be able to produce tailored materials for the different reactions and desired products.
An approximate description of the activities to be encountered during this project are:
- Performing literature review and gain acquainted with:
- Nanoparticles plasmonic effects
- CO2 reduction in plasmonic photocatalysis
- Investigation of strategies to form particles in the range of nano-sizes with different shapes.
- Performing experiments in a chemical lab.
- Investigating the Scaling-up synthesis process.
- Analyzing the experimental data and preparing presentations.
- Participating in active discussion with colleagues about your results
- Reporting and presenting your findings.
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
What you’ll get in return
TNO as an employer
You will be part of the catalysis team, in the department Materials Solutions, that is involved in many multidisciplinary R&D topics, typically performed in collaboration with universities, industrial partners and other departments at TNO. As an intern at TNO working on nanoscale materials, you will further develop technical skills but also get a flavor of complexity in interdisciplinary projects, where different disciplines merge.
Has this job opening 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: Francesc Sastre Calabuig
Phone number: [email protected]