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2 PhD Student’s Reactor and separation technologies for biomass processing

The department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) invites applications for 2 PhD Students ->
Reactor and separation technologies for biomass processing.


2 maanden geleden


de Rondom, Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur


Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry is one of
the nine departments of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) established in 1957. The department has approximately 500 employees, 16 full professors, 370 undergraduate students and about
170 graduate students (140 Ph.D. and 30 design engineers). The department aspires to be an academic institution for education and research in chemical science and engineering that meets the highest international standards. The aim is to generate and to develop technology and scientific knowledge relevant for the long-term needs of society. Scientific curiosity and the use of newly generated knowledge are the main driving forces for the continuing enhancements of the three chosen fields of expertise: molecular, materials, and sustainable process engineering.

Project background

The replacement of petroleum-based platform chemicals by their bio-based counterparts is of increasing interest. Within the different sources of biomass, abundant and inexpensive non-edible biomass (lignocellulosic biomass) is particularly attractive because its use as raw material permits a sustainable production of chemicals without affecting food supplies, nor forcing extensive changes in land use. An important challenge in biomass processing is how to selectively convert with high yields complex biomass structures into target molecules. While the use of catalysis has enormously contributed in this direction, selectivity remains a challenge, thus hindering the potentials of biomass conversion to platform molecules. The successful implementation of sustainable processes relies not only on the development of efficient catalysts but also on the development of reactor and separation technologies that can achieve enhanced processing performance.

Project description

In this project, the PhD student(s) will investigate and design a novel reactor and separation technologies for the conversion of biomass to industrially relevant target molecules. A multi-scale approach will be used to design an integrated multi-catalyst multi-reactor system that is able to combine sequential reactions, coupled with intermediate in-situ separation steps. This system will operate with optimal kinetic and transport properties to effectively drive the selectivity towards target products.

The project will cover the following aspects: 1) material synthesis, characterization and testing; 2) kinetic and mass transfer studies; and 3) reactor design and development using modeling and experimental validation of integrated system.


Applications are invited of candidates with a MSc degree

  • A master's degree in chemistry, chemical engineering or related disciplines. Expertise in chemical reactor engineering, catalysis and/or inorganic chemistry is preferred.
  • A research oriented attitude.
  • Ability to work in a team and <interested in collaborating with the industrial partners>.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English.


  • A challenging job job in a highly motivated team at a dynamic and ambitious University. You will work with innovative analytic equipment and you will be part of a highly profiled multidisciplinary collaboration where expertise of a variety of disciplines comes together.
  • A full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation after one year.
  • To support you during your PhD and to prepare you for the rest of your career, you will have free access to a personal development program for PhD students (PROOF program).
  • A gross monthly salary and benefits in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary.
  • A broad package of fringe benefits, including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes.
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.

Additional information

The TU/e is located in one of the smartest regions of the world en part of the European technology hotspot 'Brainport Eindhoven'; well-known because of many high-tech industries and start-ups. A place to be for talented scientists!

Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more?
Please contact dr.ir. M.F. Neira D'Angelo, m.f.neira.dangelo[at]tue.nl

Information about the host group can be found at www.tue.nl/spe.

For information concerning employment conditions see here or contact
ms. P.J. van de Weijer, HR-advisor, p.j.v.d.weijer[at]tue.nl

Please visit www.tue.nl/jobs to find out more about working at TU/e!


We invite you to submit a complete application by using the 'apply now'-button on this page before December 15, 2020. The application should include a:
  • Cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and the contact information of three references.
  • Brief description of your MSc thesis.

We look forward to your application and will screen it as soon as we have received it. The selection of applicants and the job interviews will start immediately until we find a suitable candidate. You can upload a maximum of 5 documents of up to 2MB each.

We do not respond to applications that are sent to us in a different way.

For this vacancy we will recruit simultaneously both internal as external. In the case of equal suitability internal candidates take priority over external candidates.

An assessment can be part of the selection procedure.

Acquisition as a result of this advertisement is not appreciated.