BSc / MSc / internship projects: modelling of non-equilibrium molecular plasmas

Please note: unless otherwise specified, the internships are only available for students with a nationality of an EU-member state and/or students from a Dutch university.

DIFFER (Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research) is one of the NWO institutes and focuses on a multidisciplinary approach of the energy research combining physics, chemistry and materials engineering. The institute is an important part of the energy research strategy of NWO and FOM. The DIFFER mission is to carry out leading fundamental research in the field of fusion-energy and solar fuels, in close collaboration with academic institutions, research institutes and industry.

BSc / MSc / internship projects: modelling of non-equilibrium molecular plasmas

Our future energy infrastructure will need ways of efficiently converting, transporting and storing electricity from sustainable but fluctuating sources. One approach uses sustainable electricity for the reverse combustion of atmospheric CO2 into so-called solar fuels, thereby converting electricity into the chemical bonds of high-density fuels. DIFFER pursues plasma-assisted conversion of CO2 into CO and O2 as an exciting new approach to recycling carbon dioxide into fuels, thereby closing the carbon cycle and eliminating the need for fossil fuels.

Dissociation of CO2 in high-frequency plasmas relies on exploiting vibrational excitation and dissociation kinetics driven by non-equilibrium conditions for charged and neutral particles in the plasma. Other molecular plasmas (hydrogen, nitrogen, methane, …) are of interest for both solar fuels and nuclear fusion applications.

In the Computational Plasma Physics and Chemistry (CPPC) group we aim at giving insight on these plasmas, by means of numerical techniques (Monte Carlo models, hybrid models, chemical kinetics models) that aim at the description of the components of such complex systems, namely electron, ions, atoms and molecules. We also collaborate with experimentalists to interpret their results and to give intuition on the physics and chemistry of plasma reactors. We seek high quality students (Master, Bachelor, internship) interested in performing research in computational science for energy.

For further information, please contact: Dr. P. Diomede, Tel: +31 (0)40 3333 4924.