Rebecca Frauzem, PhD

PhD Interview: CO2 capture and conversion

Friday 02 Feb 18
by Frederik Appel Olsen


DTU Chemical Engineering would not be much of a scientific institution without its many PhD students. We interviewed Rebecca Frauzem about ‘Sustainable process design with process intensification’.

The many PhD students at DTU Chemical Engineering are a vital part of the scientific life and community of the department. One of them is Rebecca Frauzem who defended her PhD thesis ‘Sustainable process design with process intensification’ on January 22, 2018.
We asked the newly appointed PhD five questions about her research:

1. What is the essence of your PhD project?

Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are an environmental issue, especially due to global warming. One of the ways of addressing the emissions is the use of CO2 capture and conversion. This technology can play an important role in bridging the gap between current technology and future, innovative technologies.

2. What did you discover during your research?
"You start thinking it will take you in one direction and then the result takes you in a different direction."
Rebecca Frauzem

During my research, I discovered that the research really is a development. You start thinking it will take you in one direction and then the result takes you in a different direction. Also, even over just three years, new research from other universities and institutes might influence your work and therefore you constantly have to stay updated.

3. What are the possible wider implications of your research for society?

As CO2 is a growing problem, I think my work can help companies and policy makers make informed decisions about the use of CO2 capture and conversion technologies to address CO2 emission issues. By applying the framework and with the overall insights from my project, the best capture and conversion processes can be determined and how the policy needs to change to motivate and incentivize the use of these processes and other CO2 reducing technology.

4. What made you choose applying for a PhD position at DTU Chemical Engineering

I chose DTU due to the structure of the PhD programme and the research opportunities as it was exactly what I was looking for. I liked the fact that the PhD program is structured in terms of the time and how things are organized. Also, I chose it for the specific PhD project and supervisors.

5. What does the future hold for you?

Currently, the future is me working in chemical industry applying my process design knowledge to real world implementations. I am working in Germany at a chemical company in process design and implementation. So far, it promises to be interesting and diverse.

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