The drastic drop in solar and wind based electricity has now provided times on windy, sunny days that electricity is so cheap we really don't know what to do with.
At DTU Physics we are working on taking low value chemicals such as water, nitrogen and especially CO2 and using this cheap renewable electricity to upconvert these to hydrogen, ammonia (for fertilizer), and chemicals and fuels such as plastics, ethanol, etc. Our focus is on the catalysts, but in doing this we are building reactors that are becoming more and more complex. That is where you come in.
Our reactors have a separate device for our electrical power, for our reactant flow rates, for our temperature, for our product analysis, etc. Your job would be to integrate all our devices into a single program with a graphical user interface. The program should allow the user to run a testing protocol and then measure and record a number of parameters. This will allow the user to easily analyze the data and then make improvements to the catalysis or reactor design.
This project will primarily involve computer programming and interfacing with hardware, but may also include a little bit of electrical engineering and working with censors. You will also work quite closely with the electrochemists, but will probably not be doing any actual testing of the reactor yourself.
This is a truly cross-cutting collaborative project, where your part will be to work to create the computer program that will mesh with the electrochemists in creating an optimized electrochemical reactor design set-up to convert cheap renewable electricity into high value fuels and chemicals.
Strong programming background in Python, experience programming and interfacing devices, basic knoweldge of chemistry and physics