Internship | Investigating Alternative Cellulose Sources for Nitrocellulose Production
About this position
Recent international developments underline the importance of being able to defend our society. For many defense systems nitrocellulose (NC) is a crucial component. NC is typically obtained via mixed acid nitration of cotton linters or wood pulp cellulose. A significant part of the environmental impact of NC production can be attributed to cellulose production and refinery. Certain cellulose alternatives may reduce this impact.
What will be your role?
This research will focus on characterization of alternative celluloses, their impurities and the influence on nitration reactions and the properties of the resulting NC. Examples of properties of interest include thermal stability, nitrogen content and viscosity of NC solutions.
Available facilities include a synthesis laboratory and analysis techniques including FTIR, Raman, NMR, UPLC/MS, thermal analyses, viscometer, XRD, SEM, BET, PSD, etc.
What we expect from you
You study chemistry (hbo) and you have strong affinity with synthetic and analytical lab work. Your 9 month hbo-internship assignment ideally starts in April 2024. For this internship it is necessary that the AIVD issues a so-called VGB (Declaration of No Objection) after conducting a security investigation. This process will be started after a positive application and takes 4 – 6 weeks.
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.
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. Read more about security screening on the AIVD website.
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.