Internship | Novel CO2 capture approach to improve the process and reduce costs

CO2 capture is a widely researched topic. However, new ideas are needed to explore different routes for the application. Are you prepared to work in something innovative that could make a big change in the CO2 capture processes already existing?



Education type

higher professional education (hbo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Parttime – 36


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What will you be doing?

MEA is the benchmark solvent for post-combustion CO2 capture via temperature swing absorption, however, one of the major cost is associated with the use of steam for this regeneration at temperature around 120°C. Finding a new solvent that would enable a cost reduction while facilitating the regeneration process is certainly a game changer.
Solvent characterization will be done using MAC, VLE and Kinetic set ups at TNO and, if one of the solvents has a potential to achieve what we expect, new tests will be done in a bigger scale using the Miniplant (bigger scale CO2 capture setup at TNO).

What do we require of you?

Finding the perfect solvent is not an easy job. A lot of measurements and lab work are necessary, so we ask for lab experience making solutions, analyzing samples and results. Critical thinking and creativity are important to be able to select different solvents and understand how is it possible to find the best composition for the application.Together with this, being open minded and willing to work in a diverse environment is essential!

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.
SPES (Sustainable Process and Energy Systems) is a Department that works in different fields: biomass, electrochemistry, gas treatment, energy storage, plastic recycling and synthetic fuels. Along with that, the department is very international, dynamic and open minded. This promotes a big knowledge exchange between areas, people’s experiences and also different cultures.

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.

Contact: Roberta Baldin Figueiredo
Phone number: +31 (0)88-86 61571

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


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