What will you be doing?
For the production of various high-tech devices (such as solar cells, mobile devices, etc), Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) is widely used. A specific challenge during this process is switching on and off the chemically unstable vapours so that they are generated only when needed. An innovative way of applying Electromagnetic (EM) waves to generate the vapour may tackle the current obstacles. In this graduation project you will be working on designing and optimising such an EM evaporator.
In the department Nano Instrumentation applied research is done for High-Tech industry. New processes and equipment for the semiconductor industry are being developed. The Thermal and Flow Engineering (TFE) group is located in Eindhoven. Together with our partners Bronkhorst High-Tech and TU/e we are developing an EM evaporator which has the advantage of short response times combined with possible fouling reduction. A first design has been created, which proves the viability of the concept.
The graduation project focusses on the further development of such an EM evaporator by obtaining fundamental knowledge on flow boiling invoked by the EM volume source in a miniature channel. The work consists of performing experiments on a Functional Model test setup combined with numerical simulations in order to come to design recommendations for further development. In the next stage of the project, an improved version of the EM evaporator will be realised taking into account the obtained recommendations.
What do we require of you?
We are looking for MSc students with a technical background in Physics or Electrical Engineering, and with specific interest in electromagnetics and or multi-physics. We ask for motivated students who can run their graduation project with a sufficient level of autonomy and are able to act in the multidisciplinary teams both at TNO and the TU/e. The graduation project is considered to be a full time (40hr per week) project and can start immediately.
What can you expect of your work situation?
Since the TFE group, likewise the NI department, has good connections to academics, we are able to transfer and implement the state-of-the-art academic findings swiftly into equipment development for the High Tech industry. Our multi-disciplinary approach allows us to find a solution space from different angles. The Electromagnetic evaporator project will benefit as well from the close collaboration with the various research groups at the TU/e . Since you will be performing work both at TNO and TU/e, your supervision will be supported both by TNO colleagues (Dr. C.M. Rops) and university staff (Dr. R.M.C. Mestrom) as well.
What can TNO offer you?
In general a graduation project at the industry gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. However, TNO goes a step further. You, and your knowledge, are essential to our innovation. Therefore we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. 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.
Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.
Contact: Cor Rops
Phone number: +31 (0)88-86 66335