Final Thesis

The Fuel Science Center: development of a novel electrochemical reactor

Key Info

Basic Information

Unit:
Chemical Process Engineering
Type:
Masterthesis
Focus/Key Topic:
constructive
Date:
06.01.2020

Contact

The excellence cluster “The Fuel Science Center (FSC)“, which was launched in 2019, aims to investigate the production of alternative energy carriers based on renewable energy, biomass and CO2. The integration of CO2 as a carbon source plays a major role in closing the carbon cycle and tackling global climate change.

Electrochemistry offers promising approaches for the chemical utilization of CO2. CO2 can be electrochemically reduced to other molecules of higher chemical value using a suitbale catalyst. These reduction reactions typically take place in electrolysis cells, in which two plate electrodes (anode and cathode) are separated by an ion exchange membrane. However, in order to realise more compact designs and higher space time yields in the future, tubular reactor geometries are of great interest. Hence, the aim of this thesis is the construction and proof of concept of a tubular electrochemical reactor.

Your tasks:

  • Conception and construction of a tubular electrochemical reactor
  • Manufacturing of the reactor using 3D printing
  • Assembly of the reactor and proof of concept

What you should provide:

  • Interest in experimental and especially constructive work
  • Creativity
  • Autonomous and independent working

What you get offered:

  • A good supervision
  • Insights into the emerging field of electrochemistry
  • Participation in an interdisciplinary research topic

If you are interested, I am happy to have a chat with you to explain further details of the work. Please send a mail to nils.weber@avt.rwth-aachen.de