PhDs and PDEngs
All participating groups offer a wide range of opportunities for PhD and PDEng students. We cooperate with other partners to offer students the best. Some of these initiatives are:
Smart Energy Buildings and Cities (SEB&C)
The SEB&C program trains MSc graduates to become a technological designer. They are capable to integrate relevant knowledge in the field of energy and sustainability with a multidisciplinairy approach in a process of Integral Designing to a dedicated, Smart Energy system for the built environment. Based on the specialty, a SEB&C designer can contribute to the development of:
- Intelligent and energy efficient building components and/or
- Building concepts aimed at the intelligent use of as less as possible energy and/or
- Energy generation in the built environment, and/or
- Intelligent networks aimed at the alignment of supply and demand of energy.
- Investigate strategic development for innovating companies in the field of energy and sustainability.
European Graduate School on Sustainable Energy
The European Graduate School on Sustainable Energy fosters the education of young scientists in an international environment of experts. This graduate school is a collaboration with the Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU) and the Technische Universität München(TUM, DE). Participants meet regularly at summer and winter schools and engage in collaborative research. PhD students and postdoctoral students have the opportunity to spend time at the partner universities and make use of the facilities there. The participating professors contribute to education at the participating universities by giving courses as visiting lecturers.
The research program of this graduate school is an umbrella for a broad range of activities, ranging from the atomistic description of electron storage in batteries to the comfort of zero-energy housing.
Part of this graduate school is the Molecular Approach to Sustainable Energy, a program that focuses on fundamental understanding based on insight at the molecular level. The research program consists of two general themes:
- Energy Carrier Synthesis deals with the synthesis of alternative fuels such as derived from biomass, coal or natural gas. Catalysis is one of the major tools here, but also other enabling disciplines that are essential to understand the processes to synthesize these fuels, such as computational sciences, modeling and characterization tools are part of the projects proposed here.
- Energy Conversion & Storage is based on the notion that the only really sustainable source of energy is the sun. Converting sunlight into energy and carrier storage is the central theme of this research program. Fuel cells, storage of hydrogen, electrons, and heat, as well as conversion of photons into electrical energy are examples of the projects under this header.
KIC InnoEnergy PhD school
The mission of KIC InnoEnergy PhD School is to foster an innovative and entrepreneurial culture in its graduates that enhances their market value when they become employed. The programme is designed for doctoral candidates who have and seek technical excellence, nurturing their drive for innovation, business creation and entrepreneurship (I&BE). Its principle goals are to encourage a mind set for innovation and entrepreneurship in a European academic environment, and to build a European network that links research and education in sustainable energy with both the technical needs of the industry and with society at large.