Master Thesis - Synthesis of tandem catalysts for the electrochemical CO2 reduction reaction

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Your Job:

Efficient catalyst materials hold the key for a breakthrough in future energy conversion and storage. The carbon dioxide reduction reaction (CO2RR) is an important process for the conversion of the greenhouse gas CO2 into industrially relevant basic chemicals. Copper-based catalysts have been demonstrated to show high activity in CO2RR and alloying or incorporating other elements such as gold or silver changes further their selectivity. Also, the catalytic performance depends strongly on the catalyst´s microstructural properties. Here you will work on the synthesis, electrochemical and microstructural characterization of Cu-based CO2RR nanoparticle catalysts for the production of acetaldehyde. Your tasks will be:

  • Literature research
  • Synthesis of novel CO2RR catalysts with a focus on the production of acetaldehyde
  • electrochemical characterization of catalysts in respect to activity and selectivity
  • Investigation of the influence of ionic liquids on the reaction products and possible tandem reactions

Your Profile:

  • Ongoing master studies in chemistry, materials science or comparable
  • Able to use creative, analytical, and hands-on skills for problem solving
  • A high level of experimental skills
  • Fluent English in writing and speaking, basic German skills are desirable but not essential
  • Interest in the synthesis and characterization of catalysts

Our Offer:

We work on highly relevant innovative topics and offer you the possibility to actively shape the change. We support you with:

  • An interesting and socially relevant topic for your thesis with future-oriented themes
  • Ideal conditions for gaining practical experience alongside your studies
  • An interdisciplinary collaboration on projects in an international, committed and collegial team
  • Excellent technical equipment and the newest technology
  • Qualified support through your scientific colleagues
  • The chance to independently prepare and work on your tasks
  • Flexible working hours as well as a reasonable remuneration
  • A large research campus with green spaces, offering the best possible means for networking with colleagues and pursuing sports alongside work
  • A contract for a term of up to 6 months


In addition to exciting tasks and a collaborative working atmosphere at Jülich, we have a lot more to offer: https://go.fzj.de/benefits

We welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds, e.g. in terms of age, gender, disability, sexual orientation / identity, and social, ethnic and religious origin. A diverse and inclusive working environment with equal opportunities in which everyone can realize their potential is important to us.



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