Jobs in Eletrochemistry

October 2021

 

One postdoc and one PhD position are available in the group of Jun.-Prof. Corina Andronescu (Technical Chemistry III – Electrochemical catalysis) at University Duisburg-Essen (Germany).


Both positions are funded in the BMBF-Projekt "PrometH2eus", that is part of the H2Giga, a large research platform funded in the BMBF - Call "Wasserstoffrepublik Deutschland".

In the project, we proposed Scanning Electrochemical Cell Microscopy (SECCM) as a central technique to evaluate the oxygen evolution reaction intrinsic electrocatalytic activity of the catalyst materials developed in the consortia.

For the postdoc position (Ref: 792-21) a 2-year contract is offered (salary level TVL 13 -100%). Starting date: 01.04.2022.
Application deadline: 07.11.2021

For the PhD student position (Ref: 454-21) a 3-year contract is offered (salary level TVL 13 50%).
Starting date: as soon as possible. Not later than 01.04.2022.
Application deadline: 25.10.2021

A detailed description of the two mentioned positions are available in both English and German on the group webpage: https://www.uni-due.de/tech3chem/openpositions.php.
The application should contain the application letter + CV (including publication list) + 2 reference letters and should be submitted via e-mail to corina.andronescu@uni-due.de


October 2021

 

Wissenschaftliche*r Mitarbeiter*in/ Postdoktorand*in (m/w/d) gesucht:
Material- und Morphologieveränderungen bei Schnellladung der Batteriezellen mit wiederaufbereiteten Materialien

Aufgabenbeschreibung und Umfeld:
Durch den Einsatz von modernen experimentellen Untersuchungsmethoden arbeiten wir derzeit daran, aktuelle Energiespeicher-Technologien zu verbessern und die Energiewende aktiv mitzugestalten.
Die Verwendung von recycelten Materialien in Lithiumionen-Batterien hilft, Materialkreisläufe zu schliessen. Dabei könnten Verunreinigungen aus dem Recycling-Prozess Inhomogenitäten in der Material‑ und Elektrodenstruktur und ‑morphologie verursachen. Im Rahmen eines von der VolkswagenStiftung und des Landes Niedersachsen geförderten Projektes sollen deswegen Veränderungen der wiederaufbereiteten Materialpartikel und der daraus hergestellten Elektroden eingehend untersucht und verstanden werden. Die Schnellladefähigkeit der Lithiumionen-Zellen mit wiederaufbereiteten Materialien wie auch der Einfluss der Inhomogenitäten in den Elektroden stehen dabei im Vordergrund.
Am Institut für Energie- und Systemverfahrenstechnik erwartet Sie ein dynamisches, motiviertes Team. Nun stärken wir unsere Batterieforschung durch den Aufbau einer neuen Gruppe, welche fortschrittliche Methoden zur Charakterisierung von Batterieelektroden und ‑materialien entwickeln und erforschen wird. Hierbei knüpfen wir an die internationale Vorreiterrolle von Professor Novák, der kürzlich an die TU Braunschweig wechselte, an. Die Forschungsaktivitäten sind dabei eingebettet in die interdisziplinäre Battery LabFactory Braunschweig (BLB).
Anforderungen:
Wir suchen eine Persönlichkeit mit Promotions-Abschluss. Der/die Kandidat*in sollte mitbringen:

  • Sehr gute Kenntnisse der Elektrochemie mit Fokus auf Batterien

  • Gute Kenntnisse der chemischen Aspekte der Materialwissenschaft

  • Kenntnisse in der in-situ oder ex-situ Charakterisierung von Batterien und Batteriematerialien sind wünschenswert

  • Einen überdurchschnittlich guten Abschluss

  • Kreativität und Teamfähigkeit, insbesondere für eine intensive Kooperation innerhalb der Battery LabFactory Braunschweig (BLB)

  • Sehr gute Deutsch- und Englischkenntnisse

  • Bereitschaft und Freude daran, sich selbstständig in neue Gebiete einzuarbeiten

Wir bieten:

  • Vollzeitstelle, bis TV-L E13

  • Motiviertes Team mit fundierten Erfahrungen im Bereich Batterietechnologie

  • Tolles Arbeitsumfeld an einer der renommiertesten Technischen Universitäten Deutschlands

  • Einblicke in und Mitarbeit am gesamten Lebenszyklus von Batterien durch die BLB

  • Flexible Arbeitszeiten

Die Einstellung ist zunächst auf zwei Jahre befristet, kann allerdings im Anschluss verlängert werden. Die Stelle ist grundsätzlich teilzeitgeeignet, sollte jedoch zu 100 Prozent besetzt sein.
Die Technische Universität Braunschweig strebt in allen Bereichen und Positionen an, eine Unterrepräsentanz i. S. des NGG abzubauen. Daher sind Bewerbungen von Frauen besonders erwünscht. Schwerbehinderte werden bei gleicher Eignung bevorzugt. Ein Nachweis ist beizufügen.
Senden Sie uns gerne Ihre aussagekräftige Bewerbung mit Lebenslauf, Zeugnissen und Liste der Publikationen ausschließlich per E-Mail und unter Angabe der Referenznummer PN-02 bis zum 15.11.2021 an:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Petr Novák, p.novak@tu-braunschweig.de
Weitere Informationen erhalten Sie bei Frau Ina Schunke, 0531-391-3043 sowie per E-Mail (p.novak@tu-braunschweig.de) und unter www.tu-braunschweig.de/ines. Zu Zwecken der Durchführung des Bewerbungsverfahrens werden personenbezogene Daten gespeichert. Bewerbungskosten können nicht erstattet werden.


September 2021

 

The Exner group is going to hire a PhD student as Scientific Researcher (f/m/d) (Payment according to Grade E 13 TV-L) at the Faculty of Chemistry, Theoretical Inorganic Chemistry, Campus Essen.


Research topic:
Participation in the research project “Comprehending the Oxygen and Chlorine Evolution Reactions over IrO2-Based Electrode Materials on the Atomic Scale“ with the focus on the investigation of iridium-based materials for the electrochemical oxygen and chlorine evolution reactions.
The Exner group is having a long-term experience in the theoretical description of the chlorine evolution reaction over different electrode materials. Applicants are referred to recent publications (ACS Catalysis 2021, 11, 12232-12246; Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2020, 22, 22451-22458; ChemElectroChem 2020, 7, 1448-1455; ChemElectroChem 2020, 7, 1528-1530; ChemElectroChem 2019, 6, 3401-3409; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 11032- 11035).
The work on the research project includes close collaboration with experimental working groups via the cluster of excellence RESOLV (Ruhr Explores Solvation), funded by the federal government as well as the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Several opportunities are available for the successful candidate, including a three-month stay abroad in the US to expand knowledge.


Application deadline: October 31, 2021
Expected start of position: January 1, 2022
Contract period: 36 months (50% position, enhanced to 67% upon good performance)
Please submit your application (motivation letter, CV, diplomas, transcript of modules taken with grades, a letter of recommendation) quoting reference 529-21 to Prof. Dr. Kai Exner, Universität Duisburg- Essen, Fakultät für Chemie, Campus Essen, 45117 Essen. Preferably, compile your application in a single pdf-file and send it via email to kai.exner@uni-due.de.
Further information can be found here: https://www.uni-due.de/imperia/md/content/stellenmarkt/stellenangebote_an_universitaeten/wissenschaftliche_beschaeftigte_an_der_ude_oeffentlich/2020/aus_529b-21e_wissmi_chemie_prof._exner__golz_.pdf


September 2021

 

Project Title: “CO2 Electro-reduction on ionic liquid containing electrode/electrolyte interfaces”


Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Edson A. Ticianelli


E-mail: edsont@iqsc.usp.br

 

Summary:
In the present times, the scientific community has turned its attention to the development of alternatives for capturing the excess of atmospheric CO2, so as to reuse it for the production of value-added fuels. In this sense, CO2 electro-reduction has been shown to be one of the most promising alternatives, since it can be performed under low pressure and temperature, and the reaction rate can be controlled by the electrode potential. This study aims to investigate the CO2 electroreduction in single cells formed by a bipolar membrane (BPM), gas diffusion electrodes with metallic electrocatalysts based on metals such as Cu, Ag, Pd and/or Fe-Nx moieties, supported on high surface area carbon, in absence and presence of different ionic liquids. Important parameters will be the operating temperature (25 to 60 ºC), the potential applied to the electrode, the nature of the electrocatalysts and of the ionic liquids.

REQUIRIMENTS OF THE CANDIDATES:
The positions are offered to candidates of any nationalities. The candidates must demonstrate previous experience in electrocatalytic research (mainly those involved in electrolyzers), in the synthesis of electrocatalysts, spectroscopy, microscopy, and in situ techniques. Additionally, the candidate is expected to develop projects with a focus on coupling electrochemical experiments with different techniques such as DEMS, RAMAN, FTIR, etc.).

The applications should be sent with the following documents in .pdf format, to the respective project supervisor to the above-mentioned e-mails, until 30 October 2021:

1) Recommendation Letter, preferably from the PhD supervisor;
2) Letter at which the candidate describes his experience in the research field and defines his interest in Project 1 or 2;
3) Copy of the Abstract of PhD thesis;
4) Resume.


September 2021

 

 

postdoctoral positions – 24 months - Electrochemistry Group - University of São Paulo - São Carlos Institute of Chemistry (IQSC-USP) - Brazil

 

The Electrochemistry Group, at the University of São Paulo's São Carlos Institute of Chemistry (IQSC-USP), in Brazil, is offering two postdoctoral positions, with scholarship funded by the São Paulo Research

 

Foundation (FAPESP), with a minimum period of two years’ work in the thematic project: "ELECTROCATALYSIS VI: FUNDAMENTAL AND APPLIED ASPECTS OF EMERGING AND CLASSICAL PROBLEMS IN ELECTROCHEMICAL ENERGY CONVERSION". The group has an excellent track record study in Electrocatalysis for Energy Conversion Devices, including fuel cells and water electrolyzers. More recently, it has extended the expertise in the field towards the implementation of CO2 electrochemistry. Positive outcomes are expected in these fields through research activities within this new project. The selected candidates will receive a FAPESP’s Postdoctoral fellowship in the amount of R$7,373.10 monthly, and a research contingency fund, equivalent to 10% of the annual value of the fellowship which should be spent in items directly related to the research activity.

 

Applications can be made for the development of the following projects:

Position 1:
Project Title: “Au and Cu-based electrodes superficially modified with functional molecules with alkaline and hydrophobic groups for carbon dioxide reduction”.
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Fabio H. B. Lima.
E-mail: fabiohbl@iqsc.usp.br

 

Summary: The electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide is an attractive route for an efficient, and clean production of fuels. In aqueous-based electrolytes, however, the main challenge is related to the development of electrocatalysts with high faradaic efficiency for the formation of C1 and/or C2+ products. The functionalization of metallic surfaces with organic molecules with alkaline and hydrophobic groups can be considered an elegant and efficient strategy to modulate the catalytic activity of electrodes. For example, modifying Au and/or Cu electrodes surfaces with imidazole-based molecules, anchored by dithiocarbamates (DTC) ligands, and modified by aliphatic carbon chains, with different lengths, is an important approach for CO2 fixation and for modulating the hydrophobic feature of the molecular junction on the metallic surface, controlling the access of water and, so, decreasing the competing hydrogen evolution. Considering the topics described above, this research project aims to study the influence of the nature/composition of anchored molecules on metal-based nanostructures (such as Au and Cu), and the effect of alkaline groups (CO2 fixation), and the carbon chain sizes, (surface hydrophobicity), on CO2 reduction activity.

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