To overcome the challenges to our current climate brought on by the extended use of fossil fuels, we require a number of new and innovative technological solutions that will allow our current society to function on fossil-free energy sources. In essence, the plastics, transportation fuels and chemicals that make our world and our economy function, need to be made more sustainable and circular.
The Burdyny Energy Lab in the MECS Group at TU Delft is focused on researching technologies that are capable of replacing current fossil fuel manufacturing routes with processes that use renewable electricity as an input. These technologies use electricity to form chemical bonds (also known as electrocatalysis). At present, our primary research focus is on carbon-dioxide (CO2) electrolysis, which can convert CO2 into base chemicals such as CO and ethylene. We take a more engineering approach to the research problem and are focusing on a) scaling-up CO2 electrolyzers in the lab, b) understanding transport related phenomena occurring inside a CO2 electrolyzer, and c) assessing the potential impact and operation of H2O and CO2 electrolyzers on our global energy infrastructure.
As the challenges we face cross multiple physical scales and disciplines, we are highly motivated to work with researchers and companies from the entire value chain.
NEWS & OUTREACH
In early January Tom presented his vision for the role of electrochemical technologies in future energy infrastructure to the University of Stuttgart.
Look for Kai Liu, Kailun Yang, Anirudh Venugopal and Tom presenting our solar fuels research at NanoGe in Berlin Nov. 5-9th!
Our colleague Divya Bohra's article on electric-double layer effects in CO2 reduction was accepted for publication in Energy & Environmental Science
Tom was invited to the Knowledge Institute for Mobility (KiM) in the Netherlands to discuss the challenges of producing fuels using clean renewable electricity.
Tom was awarded a VENI grant by the NWO
The next step in your career and life awaits! Look at our available PhD and postdoc opportunities.