PhD position in Environmental Engineering/biotechnology
Wetsus
Leeuwarden, Netherlands  
10 uur geleden
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Integration of direct air capture and biological processes for sustainable production of chemicals

Motivation

The development of energy-efficient carbon capture and utilization (CCU) technologies is of utmost importance for our society to reduce global warming.

New technologies should achieve a cost-effective capture of CO2 and conversion into carbon-neutral fuels / chemicals by using renewables.

In this context, an emerging strategy is direct air capture (DAC), i.e. technologies aiming to capture CO2 directly from ambient air.

However, current DAC technologies are still highly energy demanding.

Research challenge

The aim of this research project is to develop an energy-efficient process by combining an innovative electrochemical DAC technology with biological processes.

The final goal is to achieve the simultaneous capture of CO2 from ambient air and production of renewable chemicals via microbial conversion.

The research will focus on the performance of both the CO2 capture and conversion steps, as well as on the overall process integration, to achieve an energy-efficient integrated process.

The research will involve both modelling activities and experimental validation on the integrated DAC-bioreactor system.

Requirements

Technical background and experience :

  • MSc degree in environmental engineering / biotechnology or equivalent, completed before the start date of the position (1st September 2021) with excellent grades
  • Knowledge of bio-process engineering and microbiology
  • Hands on experience with microbial cultivation and bioreactors
  • Ability to work independently in laboratory, and to rigorously design and perform experiments in a result-oriented and thorough manner
  • Personal knowledge and skills

  • Eagerness to carry out multidiscipline research in a highly international environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to work effectively with team members from different backgrounds
  • A strong interest in combining modeling and experimental activities
  • Good oral and written communication skills in English (CEFR Level B2)
  • A strong interest in personal development and career growth
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