CO2 emitted from waste combustion can be collected and converted into useful chemicals via electrochemical reactions. These CO2-based chemicals signify diverse value chains and opportunities, and offer potentials to lead to net-zero. It is critical to steer the next-phase commercialisation decisions towards the value chains that offer the highest climate benefits
and therefore, to ensure sustainable and responsible innovation. Assessing the potential climate benefits, trade-offs and carbon circularity of complex CO2-based electrochemical conversion value chains requires robust analysis from a system perspective. In the Dutch Research Council (NWO) funded project eCO2Circle, we are looking for answers to these questions. We offer a post-doc position in the group Energy & Resources, the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development.
The preferred candidate has a strong background in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of green chemistry and/or CO2 technologies, and is eager to find out how circular carbon technologies can lead to net-zero. The experience of process simulation using ASPEN Plus is highly preferred. The candidate has a proven ability to publish high quality scientific papers and is able to apply scientific knowledge in the context of decision support. The candidate is interested in interdisciplinary academic teaching.
The position will be partly funded by the Dutch Research Council. In this position, you will:
- conduct process simulation, life cycle assessment and circularity assessment of the novel CO2-based electrochemical value chains, collaborating closely with industrial partners;
- write high-quality research publications;
- contribute to research proposals; and
- contribute to bachelor and master courses as well as to supervise bachelor's and master's theses (0.2 FTE).
All our programmes are taught in English. You are encouraged to use the position to further develop your academic career.