Synthetic hydrocarbons: Internship Structure-Performance Relationship
Are you a motivated student interested to work in one of the energy transition themes? Shell offers internships at the Energy Transition Campus Amsterdam for both bachelor and master students.
Fischer−Tropsch (FT) synthesis is a catalytic process where synthesis gas (CO and H2) is converted into long-chain hydrocarbons. This chemical process holds great promise for the future as the produced liquid fuels and chemicals are significantly cleaner than their respective crude oil derivatives and can be produced from biomass or electrochemically produced CO and H2. Recent examples can be found in the links provided at the end of this document. The research in Amsterdam spans from surface science set-ups to full scale pilot plant facilities. In our research group we have typically two or three students working on various projects. Each project consists of a mixture of experiments in the laboratory and data analysis. A short description of currently available projects is given below, but depending on your background and interest, the project scope can be adapted.
In this research project the catalytic performance (activity, selectivity and stability) of a series of catalysts is evaluated. The set-up is a small scale, differentially operated, Fischer-Tropsch unit in which a broad range of process conditions can be applied. A Gas Chromatograph is used to monitor conversion and selectivity in time. Careful experimentation is done to obtain structure performance relations between the active phase of the catalyst and its catalytic performance.
We are looking for students who like a combination of practical laboratory work and data analysis and who can read scientific papers. Good mastery of the Dutch and English languages is preferred.
This internship is open for students from 3rd year onwards, both from universities or the university of applied sciences (Hogeschool). The minimum internship duration is four months, while a longer stay is preferred. If you are interested, or when you want to obtain further information you can contact Leendert.Bezemer@Shell.com or AhmedA.H.Ali@Shell.com.