PhD Position within Synthesis of Nanoparticles for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells



DTU Energy Conversion at the Technical University of Denmark offers a PhD scholarship in the synthesis of nano materials for energy conversion devices. The PhD position is financed by the Independent Research Council for Technology and Production (FTP).

The project (Pro-eco) focuses on environmental friendly synthesis of ceramic nano-particles for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) using continuous hydrothermal synthesis. Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are all solid state devices that via an electrochemical process can convert chemical energy, in the form of, e.g., natural gas, hydrogen or biogas into electricity and heat. The electrical efficiency of the process is high. Moreover the process is reversible and the same cells can be utilized to convert electricity to chemical energy – a characteristic that can become very important in a future energy system with a larger fraction of fluctuating power production (e.g. from wind turbines or solar cells) as it provide a means to store energy.

Preparing the electrocatalysts for the cells by hydrothermal synthesis not only offers an environmentally friendly and up-scalable synthesis route but also has the potential to improve electrode performance and thereby to improve the competitiveness of the technology.     

Responsibilities and tasks
The candidate will be working with all aspects of hydrothermal synthesis, characterization and processing of inorganic materials for SOFCs. The synthesized materials will be used in electrodes and tested in full SOFCs.

Qualifications
Candidates should have a master’s degree in chemical engineering, chemistry or similar. Further preferred qualifications are:

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  • Experience with inorganic synthesis and materials characterization
  • Very good communication skills in English, both spoken and written
  • Skills in hydrothermal synthesis and/or rheology are further advantageous

Approval and enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

We offer
The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world. We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.

The place of employment will be the DTU Risø Campus near Roskilde.

Further information
Further information may be obtained on the project website www.proeco.dk and from Researcher Ragnar Kiebach, [email protected] or from Senior Researcher Poul Norby, [email protected]

Please do not send applications to this e-mail address, instead apply online as described below.

Application
We must have your online application by 20 January 2014.

Please go to the Apply button below for more information and application.

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