PhD on Electrified CO2 Capture process To Achieve net Zero Emission (Ecctaze)

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 31 Dec 2023

In our research group Membrane Materials and Processes we have a PhD position available on Electrified CO2 Capture process To Achieve net Zero Emission (Ecctaze).


Irène Curie Fellowship

No


Department(s)

Chemical Engineering and Chemistry


Reference number

V37.7093


Job description

ECCSTAZE develops a technology allowing a wide range of industries to become carbon neutral or even carbon negative, leading to significant reduction in cost to achieve Dutch and EU carbon neutrality goals. More specifically, ECCSTAZE will develop a green, fully sustainable innovative electro membrane regeneration process for circular CO2 capture. Using a bipolar membrane membrane process water is split into OH- and H+ producing a basic and an acidic solution. The basic solution is used to capture CO2 from industrial feed streams forming a carbonate solution that is fed to a reactor. In the reactor, the carbonate solution is combined with the produced acidic solution, forming water and inducing the release of the CO2 . Unique to this process is that it is fully electrically driven and that the CO2 is produced at elevated pressures, such that it can be directly reused for e.g. electrochemical conversion into products and chemicals saving compression costs and energy. This project is part of the Dutch Top Sector Energy (TSE) Industry Research & Development programme.

Details of the PhD-project

The focus of this PhD project is on the design, development and performance characterization of a bipolar membrane including evaluation in a bench scale absorption-regeneration process for circular CO2 capture. A bipolar membrane consists of a negatively charged cationic and a positively charged anionic polymer, merged together. At the interface of these two charged polymers, splitting of water and the formation of OH- and H+ occurs producing the required basic and acidic solutions. Bipolar membranes will be developed using electrospinning and layer-by-layer (LbL) modification of the spun fibers to introduce catalytic activity. The developed membranes will be characterized in terms of their chemistry, ion exchange capacity, charge density, zeta potential (surface charge), ion selectivity, resistance and electromembrane performance using model solutions as well as industrial feeds. This will provide fundamental details on mass transport and separation performance in relation to chosen membrane and layer chemistries. Also the PhD project will investigate the application of the developed membranes in the subsequent electrochemical regeneration process. This will be done in close collaboration with the industrial partner Hovyu (Dutch partner) which developed the Zero-Emissions Ultra-Stripping process.

Membrane Materials and Processes at Eindhoven University of Technology

The research will be conducted at the research group Membrane Materials and Processes (MM/P) part of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at the TU/e (The Netherlands).

The research group MM/P focuses on the design, development, characterization and application of polymer membranes to control mass transport in sustainable processes. The research combines and integrates materials chemistry, materials engineering and process technology. Application areas are water and energy, with a strong focus on the recovery and reuse of resources, the valorization of waste streams and energy efficiency. ‘Closing cycles’ and ‘value from waste’ are leading themes in the research program. Next to fundamental academic research, application-oriented research in close collaboration with the industry is stimulated.

The TU/e offers academic education that is driven by fundamental and applied research. We combine scientific curiosity with a hands-on mentality. Our educational philosophy is based on personal attention and room for individual ambitions and talents. Our research meets the highest international standards of quality. We push the limits of science, which puts us at the forefront of rapidly emerging areas of research.


Job requirements
  • We are looking for a talented, motivated and enthusiastic researcher.
  • Preferably, candidates have a strong background and interest in both chemistry and chemical engineering with experience in synthetic chemistry, physical chemistry and materials engineering or mechanical engineering.
  • Candidates should have a scientific attitude combined with a hands-on mentality and interest for application-oriented research at industrial partner locations.
  • Analytical skills, initiative and creativity are valuable properties.
  • You are a naturally curious person who is eager to learn more and has a strong interest in research.
  • Excellent communication skills in English are a prerequisite.
  • We prefer candidates with a good team spirit, who like to work in an internationally oriented, social environment.

An interview, a scientific presentation and a writing assignment are part of the selection procedure.


Conditions of employment

A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:

  • Full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months. You will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
  • Salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, paid pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, scale P (min. €2,770 max. €3,539).
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • High-quality training programs and other support to grow into a self-aware, autonomous scientific researcher. At TU/e we challenge you to take charge of your own learning process .
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
  • An allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • A Staff Immigration Team and a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) for international candidates.

Information and application

More information

Candidates possessing both suitable experience and qualifications are invited to apply.

For information about these positions, please contact Prof.dr.ir. Kitty Nijmeijer (e-mail: d.c.nijmeijer[at]tue.nl , phone: +31 (0)40 247 28 71).

Curious to hear more about what it’s like as a PhD candidate at TU/e? Please view the video.

Visit our website for more information about the application process or the conditions of employment. You can also contact Ms. P.J. van de Weijer (Sandra), HR-advisor, p.j.v.d.weijer[at]tue.nl.

Further information about the research groups is available at www.tue.nl/mmp (Membrane Materials and Processes). More information about Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and the department of Chemical Engineering & Chemistry is available at www.tue.nl .

Applications

Please send your application via the apply-now button and upload a motivation letter, curriculum vitae (including contact details of at least two references), a list of BSc and MSc courses and grades

Review of applications will start as soon as applications are received and will continue until the position has been filled. You can upload a maximum of 5 documents of up to 2MB each. Only applications that are submitted in this way are taken into account.



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