“Our training programme integrates the chemistry, physics and engineering aspects of energy conversion, both in academic and industrial collaboration. This means students develop skills and competencies they need to operate effectively in multidisciplinary teams at an early stage of their careers. We expect this Marie Skłodowska-CurieCOFUND will jump-start their contribution to the field”, Weckhuysen states.
A Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND grant from the European Research Council is designed to stimulate excellence in researchers’ training, mobility, and career development. The MCEC-proposal for further development of its Ph.D. training programme was ranked among the top three of a total of 48 proposals submitted.
The joint Ph.D. programme includes a series of Summer Schools that focus on the multidisciplinary aspects of the research. Students also may opt to conduct research at two of the three participating universities. This enables them to expand their experience in the field, collaborate with colleagues from other disciplines and obtain a joint Ph.D. degree from two participating universities. And last but not least, training in and contributing to outreach activities for the general public and pre-university students is part of the Ph.D. programme as well, Weckhuysen emphasizes.
In the Netherlands Center for Multiscale Catalytic Energy Conversion (MCEC), chemists, physicists, and engineers from Utrecht University, Eindhoven University of Technology and Twente University join forces to develop efficient processes for converting renewable feedstocks, such as non-edible biomass, municipal waste, and solar energy, into fuels and chemical building blocks. At the conclusion of a positive evaluation, the Gravitation Programme was recently extended for another 5 years by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science.
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