Details of the overall project
This project is part of European Clean Energy Transition Partnership (CETP) programme and includes partners from 7 countries. DRIVE contributes to a carbon neutral society by demonstrating technologies for deep removal of CO2 from industrial sources, in thermally- and electrochemically-driven processes, at TRLs 5-7. DRIVE will provide for the first time a holistic evaluation of deep removal technologies comprising technical, economic and environmental analysis and validation in long-time tests at real industrial conditions.
Details of the specific PD-project (2 years)
The TU/e postdoc is involved in the indirect electrochemical regeneration process (Zero-Emissions Ultra-Stripping) developed by Hovyu (Dutch partner). In this concept carbonate and bicarbonate solutions are mixed in a neutralization tank with a weak acid forming the corresponding organic salts and up to 10 bars of CO2. Then the organic salt is treated in an electrochemical cell to generate the hydroxide and acid solutions. The applied organic acids are industrially produced by fermentation and are present in the fermentation broth in the form of organic salts. An electromembrane process is then used to recover and concentrate the organic acid.
The challenge of this PD project is to develop bipolar membranes (BPMs) using sophisticated methods such as electrospinning, that are used for water spitting to produce the acid and base and to optimize the electrochemical cell design in order to minimize the energy demand.
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.
An interview, a scientific presentation and a writing assignment are part of the selection procedure.
Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow.
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).
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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.
Candidates possessing both suitable experience and qualifications are invited to apply.
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.