Characterization of new biofuels for potential use in thermochemical conversion processes
The Department of Applied Physics and Electronics of Umeå University has approximately 120 employees. The main tasks are research and postgraduate studies, education and collaboration with society. The department has approximately 780 students in the areas of Energy Technology, Building Technology, Electronics, Engineering and Media Technology.
Thermochemical Energy Conversion Laboratory (TEC-Lab) is a research group within the department. It is closely linked to the Department of Chemistry and the Division of Biomass Technology and Chemistry at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, as well as the Energy Engineering Division at the Luleå University of Technology. Several extensive research projects of both fundamental and applied character are run with the main focus to understand and develop thermochemical conversion processes for biomass raw materials.
The new PhD student project will be in the area of fuel characterisation with focus on circulation of critical nutrients and trace elements during conversion of "new" biofuels. New in the sense that they have not been previously been used to any greater extent due to specific fuel properties that, without implementation of fundamental understanding, cause severe operational problems. Starting from the fundamentals of plant growth and uptake of nutrients, this project will have the overall goal of improved energy conversion and use/recirculation/system integration of the flows of nutrients. One part of the project involves systematic fuel characterisation and compilation of data into predictive models for fuel behavior during thermal conversion. In the other (parallel) part, the fuels and new models will be tested in different setups of analytical and advanced lab scale equipment for analysis, validation and demonstration.
At the Department of Chemistry at Umeå University scientists do research in the areas of Biological Chemistry, Environmental Biogeochemistry and Technical Chemistry. The department has a strong focus on interdisciplinary work and provides access to modern analytical instrumentation, including facilities within the Chemical-biological Centre (KBC).
The new position will develop new biocatalysts and processes designed for efficient conversion of lignocellulose to commodities such as second-generation biofuels, "green" chemicals and bio-based materials. The research will be carried out at laboratories at Örnsköldsvik and in Umeå, both in northern Sweden, and involve collaboration within several research environments such as Bio4Energy and BioImprove and with biorefinery-oriented industry in the region (see www.processum.se and www.bioraffinaderi.se), as well as academic partners such as the Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC). The project that is associated with the open position deals with pre-treatment and enzymatic hydrolysis of wood.
The employment is full-time and until further notice. Starting date is 1 October 2014 or by agreement between the successful candidate and the employer.
The Marcus Wallenberg Foundation invites young researchers to take part in Young Researchers’ Challenge with the chance to win a spot at the Prize ceremony and banquet to be held in Stockholm on 22 September, along with a unique opportunity to present their research and meet leading scientists and forest-based industry representatives from all over the world.
This year’s Marcus Wallenberg Prize recognizes achievements in the field of printed electronics on paper. As the challenges for the forest-based sector grow, the development of innovative, value-added products and technologies is becoming more and more important. For that, your contribution is essential.
Based on your own research, briefly describe why you think it will have an impact on the forest-based industry and the society as a whole. Describe your vision for the development you want to promote with your research and how current obstacles can be overcome. You are free to discuss opportunities in a wide range of business areas in the sector.
Algae fuels–building a Lifecycle Assessment (LCA) Model based on Algae Fuel R&D Platform of the SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden (SP) for future EU/Swedish algae fuel scenarios
As algae fuel research and development (R&D) and algae biomass production for road and air transport progress worldwide, it is of the outmost importance to understand whether and how such algae-based biofuel can be produced in a sustainable way. In addition, the impacts on European and Swedish technology, the overall energy mix and material input into algae biofuel systems have to be quantified and described. The SP and Bio4Energy are involved in algae biofuel R&D from algae strains selection to PhotoBio Reactors and Raceways production systems.
The goal of this Master’s thesis is to build an LCA/Whell-to-Wheels (WTW) model based on state of the art data from literature on current algae production pathways and SP experience. The typical five algae fuel production steps will be modelled: Cultivation, harvesting, oil extraction, biofuel production and by-product monetisation. The SP seeks two student trainees to build an LCA model of algae fuel production based on the SP's R&D platform. The students will preferably do their research work together.
Description of Master’s thesis work on LCA/WTW model of algae biofuel
An LCA model of algae biofuel production and use will be constructed based on existing results from the SP algae biofuel R&D platform and state of the art LCA modelling tools (e.g.: GREET) and literature models. This WTW model will be dedicated to future Swedish and European algae fuel production and quantify uncertainties to establish a European consensus among EU algae fuels projects and studies.
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The SP's work spans most areas of technology–from food to fire technology. As an employee, you will have the opportunity to work independently, while having access to a vast network of international contacts. You will also be able to develop research ideas. The SP acts as a bridge between academic and industrial research.
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The SP Group consists of the parent company SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden and subsidiaries SP Process Development, SP Processum, AstaZero, CBI Swedish Cement and Concrete Research Institute, SIK – the Swedish Institute for Food and Biotechnology, SMP Swedish Machinery Testing Institute, Glafo, the Glass Research Institute, JTI – Swedish Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering.
f3 Centre, has issued its second call for research projects in the research programme Renewable Transportation Fuels and Systems. On this programme the f3 Centre collaborates with the Swedish Energy Agency. Please find the details of the call below, in Swedish. The deadline for applications is 24 September 2014 at 2 p.m..
The zeolite research group at Luleå University of Technology (LTU) is the largest in Sweden that creates zeolite materials for new applications such as membranes, catalysts, adsorbents and sensors. The group is in the international forefront in the area of zeolite membranes. Research topics often have an environmental profile and several of the projects are related to the production of biofuels and "green" chemicals. The research group is part of Chemical Technology at the LTU Division of Chemical Engineering.
The group seeks a PhD student to work in the Chemical Technology branch and specialise in zeolite membranes. Such will be prepared, characterised by electron microscopy and evaluated for the potential for separation for instance of carbon dioxide from various gas mixtures.
Chemical Technology encompasses the design and analysis of industrial chemical processes and products by experimental and theoretical studies. The development of materials for chemical engineering applications is of particular importance.
Radio clip in Swedish aired during an Ekot newscast by Swedish public radio, Sveriges Radio, 18 May 2012. It says that, in Sweden, temporarily employed, "young" academic researchers will have the right to four year's of employment, in accordance with a decision by the Swedish minister for education Jan Björklund.
Umeå University responded in a press release, 24 May, to say the university's rules would be changed on 1 January 2013.
In follow-up, Umeå University vice chancellor Marianne Sommarin, taking over the Bio4Energy Board chairmanship from the autumn of 2012, expressed satisfaction at the proposed rules in the Swedish popular science magazine Curie.
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