A vacancy is available for a PhD student in the field of alkaline water electrolysis within the group Sustainable Process Engineering at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), The Netherlands.
Irène Curie Fellowship
Chemical Engineering and Chemistry
At the Sustainable Process Engineering group, we focus on the improvement of two water electrolysis techniques, namely Alkaline and Anion-exchange membrane (AEM) water electrolysis. Both of these technologies have the advantage of having a much smaller dependence on scarce noble and rare earth materials than competing technologies and therefore seem particularly suitable for large scale green hydrogen production. In the research group we carry out research related to three key aspects of the technologies, namely efficiency, flexibility and durability. We closely work with industrial partners to make sure that we carry out relevant research and that the generated insights will be used to optimize large-scale electrolyzers. More information on the group can be found at: Electrochemical Engineering (tue.nl)
The PhD position will focus on the behavior of an electrolyzer when it is turned off. This is especially relevant for electrolyzers that are coupled to variable renewable electricity supply, such as sun and wind that are not always available. When an electrolyzer is shut down, there is still a lot of energy inside the electrolyzer, which will slowly dissipate in a self- discharge process. This can potentially be detrimental to the electrodes and can lead to a poorer performance when the electrolyzer is taken into operation again. Goal of the PhD position is to elucidate the self-discharge process. The generated insights can then be used to develop an accelerated stress test protocol that can be used to screen new electrode materials on their vulnerability to this self-discharge.
The PhD position will be a combination of modeling activities and experimental activities. The PhD position is part of a European project with both academic and industrial partners across Europe.Job requirements
We are looking for talented, motivated and enthusiastic PhD student with a background in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, applied physics or mathematics. We're searching for an excellent candidate with proven capabilities who recently finished his/her master (MSc) or will obtain his/her MSc soon. Knowledge, experience and an affinity with electrochemistry are appreciated. The candidate should have experience in modelling, but not necessarily for electrochemical systems. Strong modelling candidates without experimental experience are also invited to apply. Moreover, excellent communication skills in English are vital.Conditions of employment
We offer a challenging job for four years in a highly motivated team at a dynamic and ambitious University. You will be part of a highly profiled multidisciplinary collaboration where expertise of a variety of disciplines comes together.
The TU/e is located in one of the smartest regions of the world en part of the European technology hotspot ‘Brainport Eindhoven'; well-known because of many high-tech industries and start-ups. A place to be for talented scientists! We offer you:
Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands- on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow.
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