The Early Stage Researchers (ESR) are the driving forces behind our project. They are the 15 PhD students recruited by the various research groups. Each ESR participates in all the courses given to prepare them for the multiple disciplines of PIONEER. An ESR carries out his/her research work on a half-time basis between two research groups of the consortium. The 15 research topics of the ESRs can be grouped around three main themes:

Fundamentals and Mechanisms

  • ESR 1 (main host EPG – TU/e, The Netherlands and second host LPP – Ecole polytechnique/CNRS, France): Electric fields on catalyst covered dielectric surfaces under plasma exposure
  • ESR 2 (main host University of York, Unitek Kingdom and second host EPG – TU/e, The Netherlands : CO2 dissociation for value-added products at atmospheric pressure using tailored radio-frequency and nanosecond pulsed power input
  • ESR 3 (main host Plasmant – Univ. of Antwerpen, Belgium and second host DIFFER, The Netherlands): Improving the energy efficiency of CO2 conversion and activation in a microwave plasma by a combination of experiments and modeling
  • ESR 4 (main host IPFN – IST, Portugal and second host Univ. of York, United Kingdom): Energy input and relaxation in atmospheric pressure CO2 plasmas
  • ESR 5 (main host CATHPRO – IST, Portugal and second host LCS – CNRS, France): Valorization and optimization of plasma assisted CO2 catalytic reduction of CO2 methanation

Advanced catalysts for CO2 activation under plasma exposure

  • ESR 6 (main host LCS – CNRS, France and second host AGH Univ. of Science, Poland): Efficient catalysts preparation for  plasma-assisted CO2 methanation 
  • ESR 7 (main host AGH Univ. of Science, Poland and second host Univ. of Trento, Italy): Novel catalysts for plasma-assisted tri-reforming of methane
  • ESR 8 (main host ICB – CSIC, Spain and second host Sorbonne Univ., France): Nanostructured catalysts for plasma assisted CO2 methanation
  • ESR 9 (main host Sorbonne Univ., France and second host CATHPRO – IST, Portugal): Tayloring selectivity with different plasma sources
  • ESR 10 (main host Univ. of Liverpool, United Kingdom and second host Univ. of Antwerpen, Belgium): Plasma-catalytic CO2 hydrogenation for the production of molecules for green chemistry

Innovative routes for plasma/catalyst interaction

  • ESR 11 (main host Univ. of Trento, Italy and second host PMP – TU/e, The Netherlands): Time-resolved detection of transient species in nanosecond repetitively pulsed discharges for CO2 conversion
  • ESR 12 (main host DIFFER, Ther Netherlands and second host Univ. of Liverpool, United Kingdom):
    Bending and stretching to promote catalysis
  • ESR 13 (main host PMP – TU/e, The Netherlands and second host IPFN – IST, Portugal): Investigating methods to vibrationally excite CO2 with plasma
  • ESR 14 (main host Univ. of Bucharest, Romania and second host ICB – CSIC, Spain): Plasma-assisted production of organic acids by reacting CO2 with water
  • ESR 15 (main host LPP – CNRS/Ecole Polytechnique, France and second host Univ. of Bucharest, Romania): Role of vibrationally excited molecules on catalytic surfaces