Pre-doctoral position: Integrated CO2 capture and electrochemical conversion: development of elec...
VITO is a leading European independent research and technology organisation in the areas of cleantech and sustainable development, elaborating solutions for the large societal challenges of today.
A team of approximately 700 enthusiastic employees works on innovative research programmes within our 5 themes Energy, Chemistry, Materials, Landuse and Health. By doing this, they are contributing to the achievement of sustainable technological solutions in projects for clients (industry and governments).
If you would like to join and strengthen our VITO team as a researcher please consult our PhD/ Postdoc position currently available.
Climate change and global warming has become a growing threat to our world, where the carbon dioxide emisisons are believed to be a major contributor. In order to serve the society and environment, the Sustainable Chemistry department of VITO has been focusing since recent years on CO2 valorization, mainly on the development of conversion technologies. In the meantime, new insights in the techno-economic challenges within the value chain has led to the definition of new technological approaches, which also include CO2 capture and its integration with the conversion towards organic acids and alcohols and further downstream processing of the post-reaction mixture. In this PhD, the focus is on the development of an electrocatalytic reduction process based on VITO's proprietary electrode systems incorporating an electrocatalyst. The study consists of screening and selection of appropriate electrocatalysts, their incorporation in porous elecrodes and demonstration of the optimal system. For this study, productivity (g/m2.h or g/l.h) and electrical efficiency targets are defined via preliminary techno-economic analysis, that takes into account the whole value chain.
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