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PhD Student in Electrochemical Upgrading to Biogas

KTH Royal Institute of Technology is delighted to offer a PhD position in electrochemistry. Citizens of any country are eligible to apply. This position is available for two years. The deadline for applying is October 04, 2018.

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe's leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden's largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

Carbon dioxide, CO2 is the gas that contributes most to the enhanced greenhouse effect, and emissions must be reduced. Fossil-based products must be replaced, e.g. with transport fuels produced by gasification of biomass. The raw gas produced in the gasification needs to be upgraded and cleaned to avoid problems in downstream catalytic conversion steps. An attractive technical solution for reducing the number of gas cleaning steps is the use of an electrochemical molten carbonate cell which offers separation of CO2, balancing of the H2/CO ratio, internal hydrocarbon reforming and oxygen production in one and the same step. A previous conceptual study has shown positive results, but the technical possibilities for combining gasification of biomass with a molten carbonate cell must be evaluated.

In this project, the complex processes taking place in the electrochemical molten carbonate cell will be studied in detail. Tolerance levels for various pollutants, the possibility of regeneration after poisoning, the activity of the conversion of heavier hydrocarbons, kinetics and reaction mechanisms are all dependent on operating parameters and need to be evaluated. To study the various electrode processes in detail, different electrochemical techniques will be used. The measurements are made primarily in small cells in laboratory scale, including gas analysis techniques, such as MS and GC. Characterization methods such as SEM-XRD will also be used. Later also large cells may be used.

The current doctoral position is funded by the Energy Agency’s biofuels program and is located at the Division of Applied Electrochemistry at the Department of Chemical Engineering. At Applied Electrochemistry, more than 20 PhD students, from a wide variety of countries, work with half a dozen senior researchers and teachers.
- The possibility to study in a dynamic international research environment in close cooperation with industries and advanced universities the world over.
- A personal study plan to support your development within your areas of interest.
- A workplace with many employee benefits and monthly salary according to KTH’s doctoral student salary agreement.
- Work and study in Stockholm, one of Europes fastest growing capitals, which is close to both nature and the sea.
- Help to relocate and get settled in Sweden and at KTH.

To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 Swedish Higher Education Ordinance), the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with either of the following:
- completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level, or
- in any other way acquired within or outside the country acquired essentially equivalent knowledge.
- A suitable background for this position is a degree in chemical engineering, process chemistry or similar.

In order to succeed as an doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. In the selection of the applicants, the following will be assessed:
- ability to independently pursue his or hers work,
- ability to collaborate with others,
- Ability to express yourself well in English in both speaking and writing is a requirement and knowledge of Swedish is a merit.
- Good knowledge of electrochemistry is a merit but not a must.

You should be motivated for scientific research coupled to applications and a sustainable society. Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle studies may be employed as a doctoral student. The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year and may thereafter be extended. Doctoral students may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Apply for the position and admission through KTH’s recruitment system. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement.

Applications must be received at the last closing date at midnight, CET/CEST (Central European Time/entral European Summer Time).

Applications must include the following elements:
- Application letter with a brief description of why you want to pursue research studies, about what your academic interests are and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. (Maximum 2 pages long)
- Copy of the degree certificate(s) and transcripts of records from your previously attended university-level institutions. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents are not issued in one of these languages.
- A list of references to representative publications or technical reports.


Summary:

Salary:
Unspecified
Duration:
Two years
Post on:
21 Sep 2018

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