Part-time “Connected Biorefineries” Logistic Master Student

CATCO2NVERS is a European project that will develop 5 technologies based on 3 catalytic processes (electrochemical, enzymatic and thermochemical) to transform waste-CO2 from 2 bio-based industries into 5 added-value chemicals:

  • TEC1 – glyoxylic acid (GA) via electrocatalytic process
  • TEC2 – lactic acid (LA) via biocatalytic process (enzymatic)
  • TEC3 – furan dicarboxylic methyl ester (FDME) thermocatalytic process
  • TEC4 – cyclic carbonated fatty acid methyl esters (CCFAMEs) thermocatalytic process
  • TEC5 – bio-methanol thermocatalytic process

With application in the chemical, cosmetics, and plastic industry the project will process bio-based products replacing fossil material with a zero or negative greenhouse gas emissions. CATCO2NVERS will advance setting up business models which involve all actors across the proposed value chains and consider the different scenarios of the technology implementation while bringing down environmental impacts and production costs.

Objective of the assignment
alchemia-nova is the leader of a task about “connected biorefineries”. Based on the conversion technologies developed by other partners, we should determine how these can be connected to existing value chains. To consider if they are promising, we will look into 10 potential suppliers of CO2 and consider all the requirements for the implementation following these research questions:

  • Where can we get easy access to the needed chemicals for the process?
  • What is needed for the process and what are their unit and transport cost?
  • Is a symbiosis/resource exchange with other industries nearby possible to diminish costs?
  • Can regional underutilised infrastructure be used to install the equipment for up- or downstream conversion technologies?
  • Evaluation of the productization, marketisation and end-of-life of the chemicals

The methodology will include expert interviews and specific targeted small workshops to further optimise/assess the feasibility of the implementation plan and also get information regarding specific questions about the industries involved which will arise while we establish the logistics model.

The final output of the assignment is to produce a value chain analysis including an optimised logistic model (CO2 providers, conversion technologies, productization, marketisation, and end of life), together with the identification of the chemical conversion pathways and the underutilised infrastructures.
The analysis will be functional to the establishment of a cost-optimised model for each chosen (promising) technology, carried out by another partner of the project.

Essential Requirements
alchemia-nova is looking for a master student that can carry out the creation of the optimised logistic model

Conditions and application
The analysis should start in October 2022 and last approximately 8 months
The student is entitled to a success fee of € 500.
We look forward to receiving your application in single PDF file (max. 5MB) by e-mail to Iris De Cesare at iris.decesare(at)