Postdoc CO2 based monomer synthesis for plastics production based on electrochemical carboxylation
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.
- 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.
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!
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.
For information about the application procedure, please contact Nathalie van Benthem, HR advisor, email, N.vanBenthem@tudelft.nl.