Internship | Electrically driven separations towards sustainable industrial electrification
About this position
Within industry, 45 to 55 % of the energy is consumed in separation processes*. Separation processes, such as distillation or adsorption/desorption, use heat to achieve the separation of components. Recovery of components present in low concentrations is further energy intensive. These processes can also involve the release of CO2 to the atmosphere. Electrically driven separation techniques can offer similar separation goals with reduced energy consumption due to the possibility to use renewable sources of energy and by discarding heating needs. Although membrane-based technologies are under the spotlight as preferred separation technologies, the ones based on electro-separation have not yet been widely adopted across the process industry. The growing demand for production and separation of chemicals with low CO2 footprint present a potential towards industrial electrification. Electro separation technologies are additionally advantageous due their flexibility in modular designs and scalable features, according to the requirements for the components separation. Identifying and strengthen these technologies is the current challenge towards a sustainable industry. *Seven chemical separations to change the world, Nature, 2016, Vol532, pg. 435.
What will be your role?
During the period of the internship you will experience working in a team of TNO scientists and engineers. You will contribute to the identification of most promising electro separation technology/application combination by performing proof-of-principle tests of selected cases. You will formulate an experimental plan with your supervisor, test selected cases at a laboratory scale, and analyse results with a critical thinking. Besides the proof-of-principle and process developments, you will learn and apply analytical techniques such as HPLC(MS) and LCS. You will also learn to organize and communicate the results of your work to an audience of scientists.
The result of your internship might lead to the publication of a scientific paper in a peer reviewed journal or a patent application.
What we expect from you
- Being enrolled in a MSc course within a relevant field, i.e. electrochemistry, chemistry, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, etc.
- Hands-on attitude and prior experience with electrochemical workstations (also demonstrate basic knowledge of working in a laboratory and adhere to safety rules).
- Being familiar with electrochemical fundamentals and (electro-)separation technologies (electrodialysis, capacitive deionization, or related processes) is an advantage.
- Good communication skills in English, particularly for presenting your work and writing reports, is expected.
- Enjoy developing innovative solutions to technically challenging problems and have the right mix of intellectual curiosity and pragmatism.
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.
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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.
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.