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The Netherlands Center for Multiscale Catalytic Energy Conversion

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - MCEC (The Netherlands Center for Multiscale Catalytic Energy Conversion)

Reporting period: 2018-09-01 to 2020-08-31

MCEC’s objectives are:
• Develop radically improved, sustainable catalytic energy conversion processes, for efficiently converting renewable feedstocks, such as biomass, municipal waste and solar energy, into fuels and chemical building blocks;
• Establish a training programme that integrates the chemistry, physics and engineering aspects of energy conversion and jump-starts the career of young researchers by giving them the skills and competences needed to effectively operate in multidisciplinary teams;
• Recruit the best researchers world-wide for an innovative programme of training-through-research in Multiscale Catalytic Energy Conversion with high quality supervision, a unique multidisciplinary training programme, transferable skills training and meaningful interaction with international and industrial partners, leading to a joint PhD degree;
• Establish the MCEC PhD programme as a benchmark for effective multidisciplinary training among the three core partners and their partners ensuring continuation of the programme after the initial funding phase.
In two open calls MCEC will attract the most talented researchers and select the best candidates through a fair, transparent, merit-based and impartial selection procedure. MCEC will deliver a cohort of research professionals equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to address the energy challenge in all sectors: academia, industry and governance.
The MCEC program has attracted, through 2 recruitment calls, 19 COFUND PhDs. Each MCEC PhD student is enrolled in the local graduate programme of the three Universities and is trained in accordance with these local programmes and the overarching MCEC training programme.
The MCEC program aims to achieve the following impacts for its PhD students and society.

Career perspective of the PhD students
-Working in a research programme of proven quality and high visibility
-Working in the top research groups in the Netherlands
-Being educated in a truly multidisciplinary environment
-Gaining a range of transferable skills
-Building a strong international and intersectoral network

Addressing the future need for skilled Energy professionals