Intership | Oxidative degradation of amines in post combustion CO2 capture
About this position
Carbon capture is the process of capturing waste CO2 from industrial point sources like power plants. CO2 can be separated from flue gases of point sources with absorption technology. Various solvents can be used for absorption including amines. Over time these solvents are observed to degrade thereby resulting in solvent loss and economic impact on the process. The degradation occurs in the presence of O2, CO2, NOx and SOx species. Oxidative degradation due to the presence of O2 in the flue gas is a dominant degradation mechanism.
What will be your role?
The objective of this thesis project is to understand the factors the influence oxidative degradation of various amines. This will be done by means of process engineering focussed modelling. The model will be used to gain an insight into where degradation occurs, how fast and what measures can be taken to combat this. Candidates should have some experience with modelling in Python or MATLAB and understand basic chemistry along with reaction engineering.
What we expect from you
Master students from a process or chemical engineering background with an understanding of reaction engineering are best suited for this project. Students should be comfortable working in an international, diverse and multidisciplinary environment.
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.
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.
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.
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