Postdoctoral researcher openings:

Postdoctoral Research Scholar – Direct Air Capture process design

Location: Arizona State University – Tempe Campus

The Center for Negative Carbon Emissions (CNCE; at Arizona State University (ASU), Tempe, AZ (Phoenix Metropolitan area) invites applications from highly skilled and motivated individuals for a postdoctoral research scholar position to assist CNCE researchers in developing cutting edge technologies that capture carbon dioxide (CO2) directly from air, converting CO2 into fuels and products, or sequestering it forever. The selected candidate will report to Professor Matthew Green, Assoc Professor at ASU.

This position will work with an interdisciplinary team of physicists and engineers, with funding from the Department of Energy to perform a front-end engineering design (FEED) study that will convert CO2 captured from air to methanol.

Specifically, the postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for the conceptual design and optimization for a process that converts CO2 from direct air capture (DAC) into methanol. This effort will advance a novel system concept for using pre-commercial technologies to lower costs of and simplify production of carbon–neutral methanol. This project consolidates operations by combining crude CO2 cleanup, hydrogen production, and partial CO2 reduction steps using heat and electricity.  This sustainable green methanol production process will address various knowledge gaps as well as provide an opportunity for assessment of its technical performance, community impact, technoeconomic viability, and life cycle analysis.

Required Responsibilities:

  • Design and optimization of an integrated DAC process containing a thermo/electrocatalytic process to convert H2O to hydrogen (H2) as well as thermo/electrocatalytic conversion of H2 and CO2 to methanol
  • Data analysis & visualization and teamwork

Required qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in chemical engineering, or a related field with process design experience
  • Ability to set and manage priorities
  • Experience with MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a collaborative environment.

 Desired qualifications

  • Experience in virtual process design and optimization of energy or carbon capture systems 

Application Instructions:

Please send a single pdf document which includes: (1) Curriculum vitae; (2) Up to one page description of research experience; (3) Up to 3 published papers or manuscripts accepted for publication; (4) Names and contact information of three references.  Please submit these documents by email to Prof. Matthew Green at [email protected]. Please use “Direct Air Capture process design Postdoc” in the email subject.

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Graduate student openings:

Interested PhD students should send a CV and request an appointment.

Interested MS students should send a CV and request an appointment.

Undergraduate researcher openings:

Interested undergraduate students should send a resume and request an appointment to meet.