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3 PhD students on Metal Fuel Combustion Technology

3 PhD students on Metal Fuel Combustion Technology

The Eindhoven University of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering has a vacancy for a 3 PhD students on Metal Fuel Combustion Technology V35.4492) in the group Power & Flow.
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Combustion is responsible for 80% of our current energy supply and will remain to be extremely important in future due to its extremely high power-density. However, the utilized fuels will change more and more from fossil fuels to sustainable fuels like biofuels, solar fuels and metal fuels. To understand the underlying physical and chemical processes and to control them in such a way that the processes are ultra-clean and highly efficient is highly motivating.

One of the newly concieved ways to generate energy involves rethinking the way we use metals. People deal with metals every day and it may be hard to imagine that metals can replace hydrocarbon fuels. However, recent research has indicated that there are huge opportunities for a carbon-free, sustainable energy cycle based on metal fuels, that can supply power and heat when and where needed. In order to make fast oxidation of metals possible, they should be used as small (micron-sized) particles. In that case, they generate flame structures similar to those of gaseous fuels. In a large grant supported by the European Research Council, TU/e is searching for 6 PhD students who, together, will develop a sound fundamental understanding of such flames from first principles. This new multi-scale framework for the modelling of metal fuels  is to be supported by a wide variety of (laser-diagnostic) measurement techniques. The project consists of 3 parts and each part has an experimental and a numerical component:

  1. The influence of environment and inter-particle interactions on the combustion of single particles (left)
  2. The creation and propagation of flame fronts dominated by mutual ignition (middle)
  3. The creation of 3D metal aerosol flames by superposition of multiple flame fronts (right)


Qualification of applicant

We are looking for 3 recently graduated, talented, enthusiastic candidates with excellent experimental and communication skills, holding an MSc in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Applied Physics or equivalent, with a solid background in thermo- and fluid dynamics. A strong interest in energy conversion methods in the energy transition is required. The experimental work will focus on laboratory-scale metal powder flames, dedicated for detailed studies of combustion characteristics using a variety of mainly optical diagnostics. Thus, experience in laser-based, optical diagnostics is a benefit. It is the intention that every position will lead to a PhD degree.


We offer:

  • An exciting job in a dynamic work environment and multidisciplinary consortium.
  • A temporary position of 4 years.
  • Depending on knowledge and experience, the gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of € 2395 and a maximum of € 3061. This is in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • The possibility to present your work at international conferences.
  • An attractive package of fringe benefits, including end-of-year bonus (8,3% in December), an extra holiday allowance (8% in May), moving expenses and excellent sports facilities.

Informatie en sollicitatie

The Power & Flow section within Mechanical Engineering focuses on clean and efficient combustion and process technology, to cater for fast-growing energy demands. We are also seeing increased use of biofuels, and eventually the emergence of fuels derived from sustainable sources, such as solar and metal fuels. Optimizing combustion and process devices, in combination with different fuel formulations to minimize undesired emissions and maximize thermal efficiency, is essential to supporting both of these developments.  

The metal combustion research is concerned with a novel type of fuels: metal powders that have a tremendously high energy density and can act as a major carbon-free energy carrier for the long term. Within the group we develop the combustion science and technology of metal powder, including solid handling for separation and regeneration through chemical reduction using renewable hydrogen. The group has a unique research infrastructure, both from an experimental and computational perspective. The group has a world-wide reputation on experimental and numerical tackling of combustion problems (in particular the Heat Flux Method and the Flamelet Generated Manifolds technique).

More information about Eindhoven University of Technology and Mechanical Engineering Department, can be found on  Information of the involved research group can be found here:

Candidates can get more information about this position from Prof. dr. Philip de Goey, e-mail:

For more information regarding recruitment please contact: .