Internship | Electrochemical production of chemicals from CO2. Testing of gas diffusion electrodes.
About this position
The contribution of renewable energy sources in the total energy generation mix is steadily rising. One of the issues of renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind, is intermittency and therefore electricity price variation. Cheap electricity improves the business case of electrochemical production of chemicals as they usually require significant energy for chemical conversions. Additionally, electrochemical production and utilization of renewable electricity and bio-based renewable chemicals improves significantly sustainability of the production. At TNO, we focus on development such electrochemical conversion processes, which includes fundamental studies, followed by optimization of the conversion to industrially relevant and economically feasible conditions, techno-economic analysis and up-scaling.
What will be your role?
Within this project, you will investigate the electrochemical reduction of CO2 with the use of gas diffusion electrodes. The development and optimization of gas diffusion electrodes will be the main focus point of the project.
As for the experimental part, you will first develop a preparation method for gas diffusion electrodes (GDE) which will be used as catalyst for electrochemical conversions. After the development of the preparation method of the GDE. The prepared GDEs will be tested for electrochemical conversion of CO2 to added-value products. Under guidance of TNO, you will propose solutions to optimize such processes further. Working closely with experienced process engineers and electrochemists you will contribute to the process design and optimization (e.g. conversion, yield, energy consumption) of electrochemical CO2 reduction by screening several reaction conditions (pH, temperature, electrolyte, electrode materials, etc.).
You will learn analytical techniques such as gas chromatography (GC) and high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) as well as electrochemical techniques such as cyclic voltammetry and chronopotentiometry or chronoamperometry.
What we expect from you
We expect that you
- will be enthusiastic and eager to learn about electrochemistry;
- will be interested in optimizing the reaction and the setup for higher yields and selectivity towards the desired products;
- will show a great deal of autonomy and have a structured approach in your work.
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.
Students must reside in the Netherlands before the start and also throughout the internship or graduation project at TNO.
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