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Postdoc Position in Modelling of an Integrated CO2 Methanation and Steam Electrolysis Cell

Postdoc Position in Modelling of an Integrated CO2 Methanation and Steam Electrolysis Cell

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Key takeaways

  • Hours 38 hr.
  • Salary indication € 3,557 - € 4,670
  • Deadline 7 Oct 2022

Power-to-methane (PtM) is a highly attractive prospect as it allows the storage and distribution of intermittent renewable energy via existing gas grid infrastructure with the added benefit of CO2 utilisation. Conventional PtM concepts involve integration of a water/steam electrolysis unit for H2 production with a CO2 methanation unit. However, proton-conducting ceramic electrolyser offer the unique opportunity to combine both processes into a single unit as shown in the figure below and thereby decrease plant complexity and improve overall process efficiency.

In this project, in collaboration with our partners Shell and EIFER, you will investigate the feasibility of such an integrated concept. Your principal task will be the development of a high-fidelity thermo-electrochemical model of the integrated cell capturing the various transport phenomena and electrochemical and thermochemical heterogeneous reactions. The goal will be to provide guidelines for cell design parameters (e.g. electrode and electrolyte thicknesses, electrode porosity, ceramic volume fractions, catalyst loading) and operating conditions (e.g. applied current, temperature, inlet gas flow rates) that lead to acceptable thermal gradients across the cell and optimal CO2 conversion and CH4 selectivity. These guidelines will then be used by EIFER to construct and operate such a cell, and, in turn, check the validity of the model.

Your profile

  • You hold a PhD in a field that is related to this project.
  • You have a track record in thermo-electrochemical modelling of high temperature proton-conducting ceramic cells or solid oxide cells.
  • You are familiar with fully implicit and/or implicit-explicit methods to solve variable mass-matrix ordinary differential equation (ODE) systems and/or differential-algebraic equation (DAE) systems.
  • You have experience coding in C/Python/Julia.

Our offer

  • Fulltime position for 12 months, starting January/February 2023
  • The University offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in a stimulating scientific environment.
  • The salary amounts, depending on education and experience, minimal € 3.557,- to a maximum of € 4.670,- gross per month in case of a fulltime employment.
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.
  • The number of holiday hours for full-time employment is 232 hours per calendar year.
  • Professional and personal development programmes.

Information and application

Your application should include a Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae (CV) that illustrates why you fit the position by specifically addressing the points under the “Your Profile” section above. The CV should also include the name and e-mail address for at least two references.

For inquiries about the position, please contact Dr. Aayan Banerjee (a.banerjee@utwente.nl). Please apply via the link below. The application deadline is October 7, 2022. Interviews will be held shortly thereafter.

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About the department

The Catalytic Processes and Materials (CPM) group is part of the Faculty of Science and Technology, TNW, at University of Twente. Within CPM we apply fundamental knowledge on molecular reactions and diffusion in/on heterogeneous catalysts for exploration of new catalytic materials, catalytic devices, and processes of relevance for industry and society.

About the organization

The Faculty of Science & Technology (Technische Natuurwetenschappen, TNW) engages some 700 staff members and 2000 students in education and research on the cutting edge of chemical technology, applied physics and biomedical technology. Our fields of application include sustainable energy, process technology and materials science, nanotechnology and technical medicine. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally and is strengthened by the many young researchers working on innovative projects with as doctoral candidates and post-docs. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.

About the TNW Faculty

Curious about what the Faculty of Science and Technology (TNW) stands for? Check out the Science and Technology website for more information.

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Banerjee, A. (Aayan)

Banerjee, A. (Aayan)
Assistant Professor

Banerjee, A. (Aayan)
Assistant Professor

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