Doctoral student in WWSC: wood-based energy storage materials

Royal lnstitute of Technology
November 08, 2022
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Project description: Third-cycle subject : Chemistry

Wallenberg Wood Science Center (WWSC) is a research center striving for scientific excellence, with a focus on new materials from trees. The center creates knowledge and builds competence for an innovative and sustainable future value creation from forest raw materials. WWSC is a multidisciplinary collaboration between KTH, Chalmers, and Linköping University. The base is a donation from Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, and the forest industry is supporting WWSC via the national platform Treesearch.

Powerful electrochemical energy conversion and storage devices is a major challenge to our society. Wood has a hierarchical cellular structure with pronounced anisotropy, providing efficient mass transport for water and nutrients in the living tree. The hierarchically porous and low-tortuosity structure of wood offers opportunities for fluidic permeation, ionic transport, and gas desorption at the microscale and nanoscale, which are important features for making electrode materials in energy storage devices. In this project, we focus on the strategies for tailoring wood structures and conductivity of wood-based composite materials, particularly the fundamentals down to molecular level on how to build conductive paths inside pre-treated wood samples and explore the relationship between the hierarchical porous structure and the electrochemical properties. We are aiming to construct multifunctional wood-based energy storage composite materials with good electrochemical performance using simple, efficient, and environmentally friendly processes, addressing the UN Sustainability Development Goals 7 and 12.

Supervision: Prof. Qi Zhou is proposed to supervise the doctoral student. Decisions are made on admission

What we offer
  • The possibility to study in a dynamic and international research environment in collaboration with industries and prominent universities from all over the world.Read more
  • A workplace with many employee benefits and monthly salary according to KTH's Doctoral student salary agreement.
  • A postgraduate education at an institution that is active and supportive in matters pertaining to working conditions, gender equality and diversity as well as study environment.
  • Work and study in Stockholm, close to nature and the water.
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH.
  • Membership in the graduate school WWSC Academy
  • Admission requirements

    To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 § Swedish Higher Education Ordinance), the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with either of the following:

  • passed a second cycle degree (for example a master's degree), or
  • completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 second-cycle higher education credits, or
  • acquired, in some other way within or outside the country, substantially equivalent knowledge
  • In addition to the above, there is also a mandatory requirement for English equivalent to English B/6, read more here

    Selection

    In order to succeed as a doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. During the selection process, candidates will be assessed upon their ability to:

  • independently pursue his or her work
  • collaborate with others,
  • have a professional approach and
  • analyse and work with complex issues.
  • The applicant must be able to speak and write scientific English, and speak English fluently as it is a language that is spoken on the department.
  • The applicant should have documented skills in summarizing research results in written and oral presentation.
  • The applicant should have a solid knowledge in material science, wood chemistry, polymer chemistry, surface and colloidal chemistry as well as electrochemistry.
  • After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal competency.

    Target degree: Doctoral degree Information regarding admission and employment

    Only those admitted to postgraduate education may be employed as a doctoral student. The total length of employment may not be longer than what corresponds to full-time doctoral education in four years ' time. An employed doctoral student can, to a limited extent (maximum 20%), perform certain tasks within their role, e.g. training and administration. A new position as a doctoral student is for a maximum of one year, and then the employment may be renewed for a maximum of two years at a time.

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    Technology)

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    Application

    Apply for the position and admission through KTH's recruitment system. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement.

    Applications must be received at the last closing date at midnight, CET/CEST (Central European Time/entral European Summer Time).

    Applications must include the following elements:

  • CV including your relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Application letter with a brief description of why you want to pursue research studies, about what your academic interests are and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. (Maximum 2 pages long)
  • Copies of diplomas and grades from previous university studies and certificates of fulfilled language requirements (see above). Translations into English or Swedish if the original document is not issued in one of these languages.Copies of originals must be certified.
  • Representative publications or technical reports. For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.
  • Other information

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    Disclaimer: In case of discrepancy between the Swedish original and the English translation of the job announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

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