In framework of the European Commission funded KEROGREEN project, the CCER group at DIFFER, has a vacancy for a postdoc researcher. KEROGREEN is a multinational project that aims for a novel conversion route to sustainable aviation fuel, synthesized from H2O and CO2, and powered by renewable electricity. The sustainable kerosene emits less soot and no sulphur, therefore it meets future aviation air pollution standards. The conversion is based on plasma driven CO2 dissociation, solid oxide membranes, and Fischer-Tropsch synthesis of kerosene.
In the framework of the H2020 project “Kerogreen” a postdoctoral position is available. In this project, DIFFER, KIT, VITO, CerPoTech, HyGear and INERATEC have combined efforts for enhancing conversion and energy-efficiency of renewable electrically-driven dissociation of CO2 for fuel synthesis.
In framework of the KEROGREEN project funded by the European commission, the Computational Plasma Physics and Chemistry group has a vacancy for a postdoctoral researcher.
We offer a PhD position in Solar Fuels Catalysis for enthusiastic and motivated students. We seek highly talented and curiosity-driven students with an MSc degree with a strong drive towards innovation and excellence in research. Are you attracted to an exciting job in catalysis research?
The PhD position is part of a project (granted within the NWO Solar-to-Products programme) in which a plasma approach to dry reforming (i.e. conversion of CO2 and CH4 into synthesis gas) is investigated. The plasma approach enables compatibility with (intermittent) sustainable energy sources. An innovative combination of non-equilibrium CO2 activation and thermal CH4 decomposition is investigated to allow for selective and energy efficient conversion of biogas into valuable chemicals and/or liquid fuels.
The Solar Fuels division at DIFFER researches methods to produce synthetic fuels efficiently using renewable sources of electricity. Chemical conversion using electricity is considered as a viable method for storage and transport of renewably generated energy and a pathway towards integrating sustainable electricity into the chemical industry.
In the PSN group we are interested in the strong interaction between light and matter. This is a quickly evolving field of research in which new materials, experimental techniques and theories are realized continuously. In our group, we have developed a unique near-field microscope that can detect and analyse radiation in the deep infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum, i.e., the terahertz (THz) frequency range. This region holds great promise for applications in non-invasive testing, imaging and spectroscopy as well as high speed wireless communication.
The PhD project involves physics of magnetically confined plasma for fusion energy, and control theory. In a magnetic confinement fusion reactor it may prove desirable to operate at the minimum power that allows for so-called H-mode energy confinement. At lower power a bifurcation occurs: sudden fall-back to poorer L-mode energy confinement and hence a drop in fusion power. A number of physics processes have been identified that could play a role in these transitions.
Magnum-PSI is the only device that can currently study plasma-wall interactions under plasma and neutral conditions matching those expected in the ITER divertor. This is not only important for testing divertor materials, but also for understanding and reliably extrapolating to the basic plasma processes in future fusion devices such as ITER. However, due to the fundamentally different magnetic configurations, plasma conditions in reactor divertors cannot be derived from Magnum-PSI experiments alone.
Strong-light matter coupling has emerged as a major cross-disciplinary field of study over recent years. This regime was originally constrained to the realm of low-temperature studies, however, extensions to room temperature through advances in the fabrication of nanophotonic structures have opened the door for numerous new research lines. In this manner, strong-coupling has been proposed as a means for modifying the internal physics of condensed matter systems, with great potential for light-harvesting, energy-transport and catalysis.