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Marie Sklodowska Curie - Individual Fellowships at IMDEA Energy Institute, Thermochemical Processes Unit

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    30/06/2019 14:30 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Spain, Mostoles, Madrid
    IMDEA Energy
    Thermochemical Processes Unit

The Thermochemical Processes Unit at the IMDEA Energy Institute, welcomes postdoctoral candidates interested in applying for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA-IF) in 2019.

Before sending your application, please check the full description of the eligibility criteria that can be found in the webpage call.

Brief description of the institution:

The IMDEA Energy Institute is a Research Centre located in the town of Mostoles, in the region of Madrid (Spain). Its R&D activities are aimed to promote the development and implementation of an efficient and sustainable energy system. Accordingly, research activities are oriented to fostering the development of renewable energies and clean energy technologies in general.

Being created in 2007, IMDEA Energy has experienced a fast growth reaching in a few years a relevant international position in R&D activities on energy topics. An essential factor for explaining this successful development has been the ability for attracting top level researchers, as well as the availability of new and excellent scientific infrastructures, favoring the achievement of outstanding scientific results.


Contact Person/ Scientist in charge

Brief description of the Unit

The Thermochemical Processes Unit (TCPU) aims to develop catalysts and active materials for promoting some of the chemical transformations which are likely to play a relevant role in the production of more sustainable fuels from both solid wastes and CO2.

Project description

Dry reforming of methane (DRM) (CH4+CO2→2CO+2H2) combines the valorization of CH4 with that of CO2, thus consuming two gases which contribute strongly to global warming. Such dry reforming can be performed via chemical lopping processes, which comprise two stages: first, methane reacts with an oxygen vector material that would get reduced and produce selectively syngas. Secondly, the reduced solid would be re-oxidized by CO2 to regenerate the oxygen vector. The global process corresponds to the catalytic DRM, but in practice it consists of two independent gas-solid reactions. Biogas is produced through anaerobic digestion of organic waste materials and its composition usually contains around 50 - 75% CH4 and 25 - 50% CO2. Water vapour and H2S are also present in significant amounts. The presence of both CH4 and CO2 makes biogas a highly attractive resource for dry reforming processes. Applying strictly the concept of chemical looping dry reforming (CLDR) would imply to separate both molecules in order to feed them in different stages of the reaction cycles. However, such separation would be too expensive. Taking into account that CH4 is usually in excess respect to CO2, we aim to explore the use of such mixtures as feed of the first step of the CLDRM. Together with the effect and optimization of the biogas composition, the project will be focused on the development of efficient and stable solid oxygen carriers, exploring alternatives to CeO2 such as perovskites.

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher with experience in these topics or related fields for carrying out the following tasks within the proposed MSCA project:

  • Development and characterization of perovskites and redox materials
  • Activity tests of chemical looping dry reforming.

Research Area

  • Chemistry (CHE)
  • Information Science and Engineering (ENG)

Applications: If interested, please submit the following documents before 30th June 2019:

  1. Complete curriculum vitae stating background, skills and a brief description emphasizing the relationship between the applicant CV and the research topic proposed.
  2. Letter of motivation including research interests.
  3. Two recommendation letters.


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