Study on tar conversion and formation

Study on tar conversion and formation (Internship assignment at De Jong Group, Schiedam)

Who we are

The A. de Jong Group has made a contribution towards a sustainable bio-based economy in the world of energy technologies for years. We apply our knowledge and experience to come with innovative solutions to reduce energy consumption, increase efficiency and increase the applications of bioenergy.


A. de Jong has many years of experience in facilitating internships and is more than capable of supporting students in their needs towards a successful completion of their study. We are looking for a student who feels challenged to work in the area of research and development.

What we are looking for

For this internship we are looking for a bachelor or master student from a suitable technical study.

Your profile

In terms of personality we are looking for someone who:   


shows initiative;

is independent and self-reliant;

has affinity with environmental technology!

What we have to offer

Power-to-gas (P2G) technology forms a solution for the storage of temporary surplus of wind and solar energy. P2G is a technology which uses electrolysis to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. The oxygen can be used in the gasification process where biomass is converted to syngas. Clean and nitrogen free syngas is a valuable raw material for the chemical industry (see this video for the overall process). In this project A. de Jong Group is responsible for the gasification process. Producing clean syngas from this process is a major challenge in the effort to make this process technically feasible. This assignment focuses on the tar removal from the syngas as part of the syngas cleaning/ reforming.


This study aims, in the first stage, at a better understanding of tar conversion for different tar formations. The conversion depends on two sets of parameters:


Chemical reaction parameters: Reaction temperature, residence time and partial pressure.

Type of tar parameters: Chemical composition and concentration of different tar formations.


During this study the influence of these parameters will be investigated. Based on the outcome of this first stage a model describing the tar reaction mechanism and kinetics can be created in the second stage.


Interested? Please send your CV and motivation letter to We look forward to your application!


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