HyValue puts significant emphasis on education and researcher training, and aims to fund ±30 PhD or Post.docs. In addition, many MSc & BSc candidates will be educated throughout the Centre period. Relevant student education and researcher training will be provided by the HyValue Research Partners.
The goal of this PhD project will be to develop, synthesize and characterize novel highly active homogenous catalysts for the reduction of dinitrogen to ammonia. Other prerequisites for the novel catalysts are increased longevity i.e., higher turnover numbers, being accessible through an easier synthetic route from cheap, commercially available feedstock allowing for economical larger scale application. In hindsight to future application, the ligands will bear the option to be immobilized via styrene polymerization. The catalyst design will be guided by computational studies. Furthermore, the structure, reactivity and electronic structure of active species and intermediates key intermediates will be explored. These systematic studies will provide valuable information to close the knowledge gap on what key factors make a catalyst suitable for the development of future methodologies enabling the synthesis of NH3 from atmospheric dinitrogen and water under ambient conditions.Contact info
The project aims to cover regulatory as well as contractual questions that arise in the process of developing a hydrogen market. Important questions in my project will relate to state aid, public procurement, contract drafting and regulations for the transport of hydrogen at sea. I will mainly use a dogmatic legal method, but also have an interest in legal theory.Contact info