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ESR 7: Solar-driven thermochemical conversion of RDF – Thermodynamic/kinetic analyses and heat/mass transfer modelling
Objectives: To investigate the fundamental thermodynamics and kinetics of the high-temperature pyrolysis and gasification reactions and heat/mass-transfer characterisation of the solar reactor for thermochemically converting RDF to valuable synthetic fuels using concentrated solar energy. Specifically:
a) Thermodynamic equilibrium computations as a function of temperature, pressure, stoichiometry; Second-Law exergy analysis and determination of the theoretical maximum solar-to-fuel energy conversion efficiency;
b) Thermogravimetric analysis for measuring reaction rates of the pertinent pyrolysis/gasification reactions under various operating conditions of temperature, stoichiometry, particle size, material morphology; measurement of the effective morphological and transport proper- ties of the RDF;
c) Development of a numerical solar reactor model by formulation of the heat/mass-transfer and fluid-flow governing equations, coupled to the chemical kinetics/thermodynamics, and incorporating RDF’s effective properties; numerical solution by Monte-Carlo/radiosity and finite-volume CFD techniques; model validation by comparison with experimental results obtained with the solar-reactor prototype (ESR8); application of the solar-reactor model for optimisation and scale-up.
Host: ETH Zürich (Switzerland)
Lead Supervisor: Prof. Aldo Steinfeld (ETH,


MSCA applicants need to respect three eligibility criteria:

a) Early-stage researchers (ESR) are those who are, at the time of recruitment by the host, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was envisaged.
b) Conditions of international mobility of researchers: Researchers are required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up the appointment. At the time of selection by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.
c) English language: Network fellows (ESRs) must demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficiently high for them to derive the full benefit from the network training.

Benefits and salary
The successful candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for early stage researchers. The exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment and is dependent on the country correction factor (to allow for the difference in cost of living in different EU Member States). The salary includes a living allowance, a mobility allowance and a family allowance (if married). The guaranteed PhD funding is for 36 months (i.e. EC funding, additional funding is possible, depending on local Supervisor). In addition to their individual scientific projects, all fellows will benefit from further continuing education, which includes internships and secondments, a variety of training modules as well as transferable skills courses and active participation in workshops and conferences.


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