Postdoc CO2 based monomer synthesis for plastics production based on electrochemical carboxylation

Postdoc CO2 based monomer synthesis for plastics production based on electrochemical carboxylation

Published Deadline Location
23 Jun 13 Jul Delft
Electrochemical carboxylation – E-CARB

Job description

E-CARB is developing a showcase for a novel electrochemical utilization route of CO2, renewable electricity and circular bio-feedstock for the production of adipic acid, a precursor of nylon 6,6 polymer. E-CARB gathers a consortium of academic experts and companies along the nylon 6,6 polymer value chain from Germany and the Netherlands. You will work with experts from TNO, TUDELFT and Frauenhofer on the development of an electrochemical carboxylation route using CO2 and butadiene as starting materials.  Although there is significant progress related to electrochemical utilisation of CO2, the field of carboxylation has been lacking. As a postdoc, you will be responsible for achieving experimental proof of concept. 
This work will be done in combination with TNO. TNO is the largest independent contract research organisation in the Netherlands with a clear focus on making technology applied. Within TNO, electrochemistry research is done within the VOLTACHEM program. For more information, see www.voltachem.com

The ambition of the Department of Process & Energy is to perform world class education and research in the area of process and energy for a sustainable development. We focus our research on the following areas: Energy Technology, Engineering Thermodynamics, Large Scale Energy Storage, Intensified Reaction and Separation Technology, Fluid Mechanics, and Multiphase Flow. We are situated in the Process and Energy lab, a modern and inspiring academic environment with unique experimental facilities. For more information, see: https://www.tudelft.nl/3me/organisatie/afdelingen/process-energy

The section Large Scale Energy storage focuses its research on storage of electricity, on the scale of solar plants and wind farms and on process integration with thermo-chemical conversion of bioresources. It aims at bridging the gap between electricity load and demand, especially needed for highly intermittent energy sources like solar and wind. The main theme of the group is the conversion of power to preferably high energy density liquid fuels and chemicals where sustainably produced hydrogen is coupled to a (biobased) carbon source e.g. CO2, CO or C.

Specifications

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Requirements

  • A PhD degree in Mechanical engineering, Chemical engineering, Chemistry, Applied physics, or related field is required.
  • Excellent familiarity with (electro-)chemical experimental work is considered an advantage.
  • A critical and inquisitive attitude with regard to results is expected, which translates into formulating new research questions.
  • Ability to function both in a team and independently.
  • Good communication skills. Fluent in English, both spoken and written.

Conditions of employment

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (salary indication: € 3.561 - € 4.490 per month). The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.

This position is a temporary assignment for 12 months.

Employer

Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context. At TU Delft we embrace diversity and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.

Challenge. Change. Impact! 

Department

Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

The Faculty of 3mE carries out pioneering research, leading to new fundamental insights and challenging applications in the field of mechanical engineering. From large-scale energy storage, medical instruments, control technology and robotics to smart materials, nanoscale structures and autonomous ships. The foundations and results of this research are reflected in outstanding, contemporary education, inspiring students and PhD candidates to become socially engaged and responsible engineers and scientists. The faculty of 3mE is a dynamic and innovative faculty with an international scope and high-tech lab facilities. Research and education focus on the design, manufacture, application and modification of products, materials, processes and mechanical devices, contributing to the development and growth of a sustainable society, as well as prosperity and welfare.

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Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact prof.dr.ir. Earl Goetheer, email: earl.goetheer@tno.nl or prof.dr.ir. Wiebren de Jong, email: wiebren.dejong@tudelft.nl.

For information about the application procedure, please contact Nathalie van Benthem, HR advisor, email, N.vanBenthem@tudelft.nl.

Specifications

  • Postdoc
  • Engineering
  • Doctorate
  • TUD02473

Employer

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply by July 13, 2022 via the application button and upload:

  • a motivation letter,
  • a detailed CV,
  • a list of MSc courses taken and grades obtained,
  • a copy of or link to your MSc and/or PhD theses,
  • contact details of 2-3 references. 

A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

Application procedure

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply by July 13, 2022 via the application button and upload:

  • a motivation letter,
  • a detailed CV,
  • a list of MSc courses taken and grades obtained,
  • a copy of or link to your MSc and/or PhD theses,
  • contact details of 2-3 references. 

A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

Make sure to apply no later than 13 Jul 2022 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).