Postdoc Position in Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

Designation/Position- Postdoc

Delft University of Technology, Netherlands invites application for 
Postdoc position from eligible and interested candidates 

About-  Research in the Process & Energy (P&E) department focuses on process and energy technology within a mechanical engineering context. This means that a process or energy conversion is part of an apparatus. Continuum fluids are the common denominator, either as a process material, carrier, or solvent, or as a medium through which a transport process, separation process, or chemical conversion is carried out. Research covers the range from full equipment scale, down to the molecular scale. Our laboratories have several large-scale experimental facilities that are unique on a world level. 

It is a major challenge for engineers to provide the world with an increasing standard of living, while significantly reducing the resulting ecological footprint. Engineering thermodynamics is a crucial tool for meeting this challenge, as it is indispensable for the development of energy efficient processes. Our mission is to apply and develop methods, tools, and processes which lead to more energy efficient processes. Molecular thermodynamics and simulation are important research areas in our group as it is often very difficult to access the required small length scales experimentally.

Research/Job Area- Chemistry, physics, mechanical engineering, mathematics, electrochemistry, or related discipline

Project Title- High-pressure conversion of CO2 to formic acid

Location- Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

Research group is looking for a postdoc with a strong background in chemistry, physics, mechanical engineering, mathematics, electrochemistry, or related discipline. Prior experience with electrochemical conversions or reactor engineering is a plus. Good communication skills are essential for the completion of the project.

Job/Position Description- There is a considerable interest in the conversion of CO2 to valuable chemicals, via electrochemistry. Formic acid / formate have been identified as suitable products of this conversion. It is a major challenge to scale up this process from the lab scale (currently operational in Delft) to the industrial or pilot scale. The researcher will work on the ongoing development of a high pressure electrochemical cell for the conversion of CO2 to formic acid / formate. The focus will be on improvements of residence time in the cell (flow, flow, and reactivity distribution) supported by appropriate modelling and practical validation. This improved design needs to be scaled up in capacity by stacking of cells, and the process design needs to be optimized by a sizing model. The work will be performed in a team with representatives from TU Delft, Coval Energy, TNO and Twence.

How to Apply- To apply, please email an application letter, CV, publication list, and contact information of at least 2 references by February 1st, 2019 to , email: [email protected] using the vacancy title as subject.  All required documents should be combined to a single pdf file (5MB max). The available position will be filled as soon as possible (i.e. once a suitable candidate is found). This means that the selection of candidates will already start before the application deadline.

For Contact- For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Thijs J.H. Vlugt, tel: +31 (0)15 2786678 (

[email protected]

Last Date for Apply–  2 February 2019

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