Internship | Solar Fuels



Education type

higher professional education (hbo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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Conversion and storage of sustainable energy is one of the key challenges of the 21st century. At TNO sustainable energy storage is addressed by looking into storage in (organic) molecules and solar fuels, to fuel the energy needs of tomorrow.

What will be your role?

You will participate in a team of scientists and research engineers at Brightlands Materials Center at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Geleen and at the High Tech campus in Eindhoven. You will study the reduction of CO2 using solar light towards various products in a pilot line like continuous flow reactor. Typical reactions which are performed are Sabatier and reversed water gas shift reactions amongst others.
Your primary tasks will be the optimization of reactor conditions, studying various catalysts under processing conditions and contributions in synthesizing these catalysts. Additionally, you will come in contact with analytical techniques, such as GC, XRD, TEM-EDX/HEAD and ICP AES. You will present results, progress and planning on a weekly basis.

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 are looking for students (BSc or MSc) with a background in chemistry, chemical engineering, physics or materials science, that have a hands-on mentality. Experience with working in a laboratory environment is required. Affinity with process chemistry and chemical synthesis is preferred. Good communication skills in written and spoken English are expected. The internship period should last at least 4 months.

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.

For this internship vacancy it is required that the AIVD issues a security clearance (VGB) after conducting a security screening. Take into account that this process may take about 8 weeks. If you have been abroad for more than 6 consecutive months, or if you do not have the Dutch nationality, it may take longer. Please visit for more information the AIVD website.

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: Roberto Habets
Phone number: +31 (0)6 151 10759

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


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