Internship | Master Thesis: Modelling electrochemical conversion of CO2 to ethylene at cell-level
About this position
Want to contribute to innovative solutions for revolutionizing the chemical industry and speeding up the energy transition? Join us in developing multi-physics models to understand and improve electrochemical conversion of CO2. Electrochemical conversion of CO2 to chemical products, such as ethylene, can be the game-changer for the chemical industry to move away from fossil sources. However, several fundamental challenges need to be addressed to improve the performance of the process. In particular, achieving efficient production of ethylene is particularly difficult because of competing reactions occurring in the cell, that are governed by local properties that are difficult to measure. Modelling approaches can help in fundamentally understand the behavior inside the electrochemical cell and guide novel experimental designs.
What will be your role?
In this project, you will develop a model addressing key research questions related to transport and reaction phenomena happening in an electrochemical cell used for CO2 conversion to make ethylene. The model will be implemented in COMSOL. The various cell components (channels, porous materials, catalyst layers, membrane) will be considered. The different competing reactions will be simulated to understand the main challenges in making the process more selective towards the production of ethylene. In particular, different material properties will be varied to see how novel designs impact the cell performance.
Minimum project duration is 6 months, starting as soon as possible. A more detailed plan will be drafted together with your academic supervisor. At TNO, you will work in the Heat Transfer and Fluid Dynamics department in Delft, within an international team of modelling experts and experimental collaborators.
What we expect from you
- You are in the final stages of your degree in engineering or physics.
- You have some track record in electrochemistry and COMSOL modelling.
- You have good communication skills (in English) and the right mix of curiosity-driven motivation and result-oriented mentality.
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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