Post-doc - FARADAY Research Project: Integrated reactor for the production of H2/O2/CO2 for CCU applications

Mons, Walloon Region, be
Company: Université de Mons (UMONS)
Category: Computer and Mathematical Occupations
Published on 2021-06-13 02:08:13

Employer

The University of Mons, abbreviated to “UMONS”, is a French-speaking university in the province of Hainaut, Belgium, near the French-Belgian border. It is approximately 50 kilometres from Brussels, the capital of Europe.

UMONS was created in 2009 following a merger between the University of Mons-Hainaut and the Faculty of Engineering of Mons, the university’s oldest faculty, founded in 1837.

UMONS is one of five academic centres set up in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation as part of the restructuring of higher education, and is one of the founding members of the Pôle hainuyer. It assumes the co-presidency of this cluster, which groups together 3 universities, 3 hautes écoles, 3 graduate art schools and 26 continuing education institutions, and offers nearly 600 courses in 21 fields of education to more than 30,000 students in the province of Hainaut.

With more than 900 researchers, research objectives in UMONS are pursued both regionally and internationally. The common goal of all UMONS researchers is to develop expertise on a large scale, subsequently benefiting society, particularly the region.

The expertise of the University’s researchers is internationally recognised. To demonstrate this, three researchers from the chemistry and materials domains have been acknowledged and classified among the Top 100 Global Researchers who have been most influential in their disciplines over the last decade, on account of their publications (classified by the Thomas-Reuter Agency for 2001-2010). UMONS also holds the European label for “Research in Excellence”.

Through its research and close links with industry, UMONS is also actively involved in regional development. It maintains close links with scientific research centres, as well as university spin-off and start-up companies, the majority of which are located on the outskirts of the town centre.

Position and assignments

Within the framework of the objectives of reducing CO2 emissions, the lime sector is faced with the difficulty of reducing both the CO2 emissions generated by combustion and, above all, the emissions related to the transformation of limestone into lime. The reduction of combustion emissions is possible through the use of renewable energy. In addition to sequestration, the transformation of CO2 into chemical compounds by reaction with hydrogen from water electrolysis is a promising way to avoid industrial emissions of CO2 linked to the process.

The objective of the project FARADAY, proposed by different partners, is to address these two challenges in the same process including:

  • The electrification of the lime manufacturing process giving rise to a concentrated flow of CO2;
  • The production of hydrogen by electrolysis of water which, combined with CO2, will provide the reaction mixture (H2/CO2) necessary to convert CO2 into chemical products.
  • UMONS will work with the partners to develop an innovative electrolyzer, including its upscaling.

    Geographic mobility:

    International

    Starting date

    2021-06-01

    Profile

    Candidates must hold a PhD in Chemical engineering/chemistry or another applied science with a strong interest in energy and process engineering (process modeling and LCA). The mastery of modeling tools like AspenPlus, gPROMS or COMSOM Multiphysics, is an asset.

    Languages: French or English (French is not mandatory)

    Writing skills, good interpersonal and communication skills, rigor, conciseness and motivation will be highly appreciated.

    The candidate will be hosted in a nice working environment under a challenging job at a dynamic and ambitious

    University. Salaries are in accordance with the internal University agreement and consists of 1950€/month (Master) to 2250€/month (net amount).

    Concering the duration:

  • Post-Doc: 24 months
  • Goals

    UMONS is particularly committed to develop the modeling of the triphasic electrolyzer at the different stages of project (laboratory scale, pilot scale, industrial scale) and to perform Life Cycle Analyses of the whole process.

    The work is expected to start between 1st June and 1st September 2021.

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