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Mcec Mariecurie Cofund Programma 38 PhD Positions Sustainable Energy Conversion

Eindhoven University of Technology is pleased to invite applicants to apply for a PhD position in sustainable energy. Applications should be sumbmitted as soon as possible.

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. AtUtrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability. The city of Utrecht is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, with a charming old center and an internationally oriented culture that is strongly influenced by its century-old university. Utrecht city has been consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the Netherlands. TheFaculty of Scienceconsists of six departments: Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Information and Computing Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Mathematics. The Faculty is home to 5,600 students and nearly 1,500 staff and is internationally renowned for the quality of its research. The Faculty’s academic programmes reflect developments in today’s society. Read the overall impression 2016 of the Faculty of Science.

The Netherlands Center for Multiscale Catalytic Energy Conversion (MCEC) is a multidisciplinary research programme. Within this programme chemists, physicists and engineers from Utrecht University (UU; commissioner of the MCEC-programme), Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and the University of Twente (UT) join forces in order to address one of the grand challenges that our society faces today: sustainable energy conversion. Different research teams work together to develop efficient processes for the conversion of renewable raw materials, such as non-edible biomass, waste and solar energy, fuels and chemical building blocks. MCEC gives academics the opportunity to work on important scientific topics in not previously existing partnerships, and thus creates the conditions for innovative, groundbreaking and multidisciplinary research, including both experimental and theoretical approaches. MCEC is a so-called Gravitation Programme, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW). The programme is co-founded with a grant that has been awarded by Marie Skodowska-Curie COFUND programme. For the second phase of the MCEC research programme, 38 PhD projects have been defined around the following themes: Smart Biomass Conversion|What if we could replace crude oil with a more sustainable alternative to make the transportation fuels of the future? The chemical process currently used for the production of e.g. liquid fuels, can be tailored to enable the use of certified biomass as well as municipal waste.The PhD student will work on the synthesis of a new generation heterogeneous catalysts, capable of using a.o. lignin as a renewable feedstock to produce fuels, fuel additives or base chemicals, such as aromatics. Storing Electricity from Renewable Sources in Chemical Bonds | Solar and wind energy are incessant, but by nature intermittent resources. One way to store the temporary surplus of 'green power' lies in chemical bonds. Within this theme, the PhD student will work on the design, characterization and testing of new solid catalysts capable of turning carbon dioxide into fuels and base chemicals. Catalyst Diagnostics to Develop More Active Catalysts | New green routes for fuels and chemicals require radically new catalyst materials. But with current technologies, testing and characterizing these materials is very time-consuming. In this theme, the PhD student will develop an integrated spectroscopic and microfluidic testing platform, inspired by the latest developments in life sciences.

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