PhD Scholarship in Methane Production and Carbon Capture Through Hydrate Swapping

Technical University of Denmark is offering PhD position. Citizens of any country are eligible to apply. Applications are invited up to October 30, 2018.

DTU Chemical Engineering invites applications for a 3-year PhD position in Methane production and carbon capture through hydrate swapping.

This project considers the problem of using carbon dioxide to produce the vast resources of natural gas locked up as solid gas hydrates in permafrost and oceanic margin zones. The natural gas hydrates are converted to CO hydrates, thereby storing CO (the major greenhouse gas) while simultaneously releasing natural gas. This so-called "swapping" process, whereby methane (the major component in natural gas) in the hydrate is replaced by CO , allows for production of natural gas from hydrate without adversely affecting the stability of the solid hydrate.

Responsibilities and tasks

The project will involve thermodynamic and kinetic modeling of gas hydrate systems and processes as well as molecular simulation, for example to probe the formation of CO hydrate and dissociation of CH hydrate in a production/storage scenario.


Candidates should have a master’s degree in chemical engineering or similar and have a strong background in computer modelling and simulation.

Approval and Enrolment

The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.


The assessment of the applicants will be Assoc. Prof. Nicolas von Solms and Assoc. Prof. Alexander Shapiro.

We offer

DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms

The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information

Further information may be obtained from Nicolas von Solms,

You can read more about Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering on


Please submit your online application no later than 31 October 2018 (local time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:
- Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.


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