Project Title: Operando X-ray and Neutron Studies of Catalytic Dehydrogenation in LOHC Technology
We are seeking a candidate to join a PhD programme to employ the analytic capabilities of European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) X-ray source and Institut Laue Langevin (ILL) neutron source for the further development of liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC) technology. LOHCs allow storing H2 by hydrogenation of organic compounds and subsequent extraction by catalytic dehydrogenation in a fully reversible fashion. Central for the further development of this technology are improvements in the heterogeneous catalysts used for the dehydrogenation process.
The industrial partner aims at making the technology more competitive by advancing the catalytic system, e.g., by catalytic modifiers and selective poisoning, which requires a better understanding of catalyst deactivation. We aim to provide a comprehensive atomic-scale picture of the dehydrogenation and catalyst degradation processes and thus a basis for the knowledge-based development of efficient dehydrogenation catalysts.
This project is a joint collaboration between ESRF (most advanced high energy X-ray source), Hydrogenious (pioneer of LOHC technology) and Kiel University (group of O.M. Magnussen).
Further information may be obtained from Dr. Jakub Drnec (tel: +33 4 38 88 19 16, email: email@example.com)
More details about the application procedure on www.innovaxn.eu/for-students/documents/
The successful candidate will be enrolled in the doctoral school of Kiel University (Kiel, Germany) and based full-time at the ESRF (Grenoble, France). Visits may be made to the Kiel University if needed. Furthermore, a varied pedagogical training programme will be offered to the successful candidate throughout the 3-year PhD project.
More details on the InnovaXN program on www.innovaxn.eu
InnovaXN is a Horizon 2020 MSCA COFUND programme providing an opportunity for 40 industrial companies to work with 40 PhD students, performing advanced research and exploiting the unique characterisation techniques of the ESRF and ILL. Through collaborations with industry, innovation will be the central theme of the programme. This will provide a unique cross academic-industry science setting, secondment opportunities and society-relevant research, training the future key researchers able to tackle major research and societal challenges.