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PhD thesis fellowship “Optimization of a catalytic process for the CO2 purification derived from an oxyfuel combustion in the cement industry”

Votre mission

Joint-supervised PhD thesis fellowship
ULCO (France) – UMONS (Belgium)/ECRAChair@UMONS


Previous studies presented in the different reports of ECRA (European Cement Research Academy) highlighted that two CO2 capture processes can be applied in a cement plant: postcombustion and oxyfuel combustion.

In the context of the ECRA Chair « From CO2 to Energy: Carbon Capture in Cement Production and its Re-use » at the Faculty of Engineering (FPMs) of UMONS, related to the study of CO2 capture processes applied to the cement industry and its conversion into valuable compounds such as methanol, these two CO2 capture technologies are studied. The CO2 captured has to be purified (de-dust, de-SOx, de-NOx, etc.) before being reused for its conversion into a valuable compound.

The team “Catalytic treatment and clean energy” of the Unit of environmental chemistry and interaction on the living organisms (UCEIV, ULCO) works on the purification and the valorization of the CO2 coming from oxyfuel combustion. In a project of the INNOCOLD institute with EDFLNG company, a first PhD on the catalytic purification of CO2 gave good results at the micropilot scale.

In the context of the CO2 purification derived from an oxyfuel combustion the present PhD subject deals with the study of the catalytic reduction of NO in nitrogen by the reducing agent CO which will be oxidized in CO2. This innovative process is characterized by the challenge of high water and CO2 contents in the flue gas to treat. Different catalytic materials will be tested in a micro-reactor and optimized. Tests at the micro-pilot scale will be also achieved, with a modelling of the catalytic process at industrial scale applied to the cement industry, allowing finally a techno-economic analysis of the process.

During the PhD thesis, several exchanges will be envisaged with internal collaborators (other PhD students, post-docs, etc.) and also with external collaborators such as ECRA members

The PhD thesis will be joint-supervised

Prof. Stéphane SIFFERT:
Dr. Christophe POUPIN:
Unité de Chimie Environnementale et Interactions sur le Vivant (UCEIV) EA-4492
Traitement catalytique et énergie propre MREI 1 Université du Littoral – Côte d’Opale
145, avenue Maurice Schumann
59140 Dunkerque – FRANCE

and UMONS:
Prof. Diane THOMAS:
ECRA Academic Chair
Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Department
Faculty of Engineering (FPMs) – University of Mons (UMONS)
56, rue de l’Epargne
7000 Mons – BELGIUM

Votre profil

Candidate’s profile:

Education: Candidates must hold a Master degree (5-years duration) in Chemical engineering/Chemistry or fields (such as industrial chemistry, mechanical/ environmental engineering, …) with a strong interest in energy, process engineering and optimization.

Languages: A good knowledge of English is required, both oral and written; a knowledge of French would be an asset.

Other skills: Writing skills, good interpersonal and communication skills, rigor, conciseness and motivation with knowledges on catalytic processes and simulation/modeling tools (such as ASPEN+, ASPEN Hysys).

The candidate will be hosted in nice working environments under a challenging job at dynamic and ambitious universities: ULCO (France) and UMONS (Belgium).

Notre offre

Salaries are in accordance with the internal University agreements and consists of >1400 €/month (net amount).

This 3-year PhD Thesis is expected to start (quickly if possible) in the end of March (EU candidates) or September/October 2019 (if no suitable candidate available before March).

Intéressé(e) ?

Applications :

CV + motivation letter showing the adequacy with the requested profile) should be sent to:

Lié à
Faculté Polytechnique
Date de publication
06 février 2019
Date limite pour postuler
31 mars 2019