Phd Exploring Electrochemical Promotion of Catalytic Oxidation

International students are invited for a PhD scholarship in natural gas at Eindhoven University of Technology. This position is available for four years. Applicants should apply as soon as possible.

PhD: Exploring electrochemical promotion of catalytic oxidation of methane to alcohols – TU Eindhoven. The PhD position (4 yr) is available per direct at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry of the Eindhoven University of Technology, within the Inorganic Materials Chemistry team.

is the Dutch national research center for major, complex societalchallenges related to chemistry and energy. ARC CBBC is a public-private alliance in which universities, industries and governmental organisations cooperate carrying out multidisciplinary research. The fundamental research spans thebreadth of the chemical sector and relies on the involvement of the co-founding companies: the industrial partners AkzoNobel, BASF and Shell. ARC CBBC focuses on the science and technology breakthroughs needed to synthesize both new and existing chemical building blocks divided on three themes: Energy carriers, Functional materials& specialties, and Coatings.

The following research project between Shell and the Eindhoven University of Technology has been defined within the ARC CBBC consortium: Exploring electrochemical promotion of catalytic oxidation of methane to alcohols Converting methane - the main component in natural gas, a cheap and abundant energy resource - directly into a chemical such as methanol would have a tremendous impact on the chemical industry. Methanol is a fuel itself but can also be used as a building block for a range of products such as plastics, gasoline and intermediate chemicals. In this project, the researchers will first scrutinize the potential of electrochemical promotion of catalysis (EPOC) on direct methane to methanol conversion, followed by optimizing the nanomaterials that are able to convert methane into methanol. Renewable electricity is used to accelerate the reaction and control the selectivity. We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic (almost) graduated Master student in Chemistry, Physics or Chemical Engineering. Other requirements are a drive to excel in a challenging research program and have a good command of the English language.

We offer a challenging job for four years in a highly motivated team at a dynamic and ambitious University. You will work with innovative analytic equipment and you will be part of a highly profiled multidisciplinary collaboration where expertise of a variety of disciplines comes together. The TU/e is located in one of the smartest regions of the world en part of the European technology hotspot 'Brainport Eindhoven'; well-known because of many high-tech industries and start-ups. A place to be for talented scientists! The gross monthly salary in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement of the Dutch Universities (CAO NU), starts with 2.266,- in the first year to 2.897,- in the fourth year. Besides this the TU/e has holiday- and end-of the year allowances, an excellent package of attractive benefits for employees and a modern sports complex. Assistance for finding accommodation can be given. Especially for PhD students the TU/e also offers opportunities for personal development. We do this by offering every PhD student a series of courses that are part of the Proof program as an excellent addition to your scientific education.


More information about this vacancy can be obtained with Prof. dr. E.J.M. Hensen, , or +31 40 247 5178; More information about job conditions and application can be obtained with mrs. Linda van den Boomen (email:


The application should consist of the following parts:


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