In partnership with coworkers from the University of Groningen (NL), University of Aachen (DE), University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (DE), and several technology providers and technology end-users, 2 PhD positions in the PCS group of the University of Twente are available to develop durable carbon- based electrodes for the electrochemical conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2RR) to the platform chemicals formic acid and formaldehyde. Within the collaboration framework, we will also develop a consecutive catalytic route to selectively reduce formic acid to formaldehyde. The project also aims at pairing the electrochemical reduction of CO2 with value added oxidation reactions, such as the oxidative valorization of biobased acids.
One PhD position in electrocatalysis at Twente is aimed at the validation of the feasibility of carbon based electrodes for stable and selective conversion of CO2 (to formaldehyde or formic acid), including material and reactor design, and process parameter optimization. Another PhD position aims to improve the understanding of the fundamental steps which lead to selective cathodic or anodic transformations, using state of the art infrared and Raman spectroscopies.Your profile
You will have a training programme as part of the Twente Graduate School where you and your supervisors will determine a plan for a suitable education and supervisionInformation and application
Are you interested in this position? Please send your application via the 'Apply now' button below before 26.11.2023 and include:
Applicants with a non-Dutch qualification and who have not had secondary and tertiary education in English can only be admitted with an IELTS-test showing a total band score of at least 6.5, internet. TOEFL test (TOEFL-iBT) showing a score of at least 90, or a Cambridge CAE-C (CPE).
For more information regarding this position, you are welcome to contact Dr. Marco Altomare ([email protected])About the department
You will perform the research within the Photocatalytic Synthesis group (PCS), which is part of the Faculty of Science and Technology and the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology. The PCS group has a dynamic, multidisciplinary, and international character, and it offers an outstanding infrastructure. The research focus of the department is on the conversion of electrical or solar energy into chemical energy, i.e., to drive in a sustainable manner reactions of environmental relevance, such as water splitting or reduction of carbon dioxide, among others.
The PCS group within the Cluster Process and Catalysis Engineering is a wonderful place to work due to the friendly atmosphere and enthusiastic colleagues, excellent facilities, challenging research and attention to social relations.About the organisation
The Faculty of Science & Technology (Technische Natuurwetenschappen, TNW) engages some 700 staff members and 2000 students in education and research on the cutting edge of chemical technology, applied physics and biomedical technology. Our fields of application include sustainable energy, process technology and materials science, nanotechnology and technical medicine. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally and is strengthened by the many young researchers working on innovative projects with as doctoral candidates and post-docs. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.Want to know more? Altomare, M. (Marco)
Assistant ProfessorAltomare, M. (Marco)
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Selection. The selection committee will review your application and you will receive a response within 2 weeks after the vacancy has been closed.Step 3
1st interview. The 1st (online or in person) meeting serves as an introduction where we introduce ourselves to you and you to us. You may be asked to give a short presentation. This will be further explained in the invitation.Step 4
2nd interview. In the second interview, we will further discuss the job content, your skills and your talents.Step 5
The offer. If the conversations are positive, you will be made a suitable offer.Your Colleagues
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