Internship | Power to fuels: electrochemical reduction of CO2



Education type

university (wo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

The adoption of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind energy is increasing and encouraged in our society. However, the output of energy from these sources is not uniform but varies greatly in daily and seasonal cycles which often do not match the  energy demand. Therefore, a use or storage of the excess energy becomes necessary. This issue can be addressed on a large scale of a grid by using the excess energy to produce fuels. The image below illustrates this concept.
A viable solution to use the excess energy is to reduce CO2 electrochemically in an aqueous environment to produce electro fuels. This electrochemical reaction poses several technical difficulties related to the high stability of the CO2 molecule, the slow kinetics of the electro reduction reaction and the selectivity towards the desired products.
In a laboratory scale electrochemical cell, you will perform CO2 electro reduction experiments using nanostructured electrodes developed by TNO. You will adapt the working parameters to obtain higher yields and selectivities towards the desired products. You will learn analytical techniques such as gas chromatography (GC) and high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC).

What do we require of you?

  • You are enthousiastic and eager to learn about electrochemistry.
  • Your are interested in optimizing the reaction and the setup for higher yields and selectivity towards the desired products.
  • You can show a great deal of autonomy and have a structured approach in your work.
  • You can preferably start your internship in January or February 2019.

What can you expect of your work situation?

During the period of the internship you will experience working in a team of TNO engineers and scientists. Besides the optimization of the electrochemical reaction you will learn and apply analytical techniques such as gas chromatography and high pressure liquid chromatography. You will also learn to organize and communicate the results of your work to an audience of scientists. The result of your internship will be the publication of a scientific paper in a peer reviewed journal.

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: Anca Anastasopol
Phone number: +31 (0)88-86 67788

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


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