PhD Student Position II - Carbon-based Electrocatalysts for Fuel Cells

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01.06.2017, Wissenschaftliches Personal

We are looking for outstanding and highly motivated PhD student for the BMWi funded project InnoKA, which is a joint project between the Chair of Technical Electrochemistry at TUM (, Greenerity GmbH (, and the Center for Electron Microscopy at the Technical University of Berlin (ZELMI, The position is at the Chair of Technical Electrochemistry under supervision of Dr. Hany El-Sayed and Prof. Hubert Gasteiger. The focus of the announced PhD position will be on the synthesis and characterization of nanostructured carbon-supported electrocatalysts for PEM fuel cells.

Candidate profile:
We are looking for an excellent and enthusiastic student with a Master’s degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or other relevant disciplines. Research experience in catalyst synthesis and/or electrochemistry is required, and experience in surface science and material characterization techniques is desirable but not essential. The candidate should have at least a professional working proficiency in English with strong communication skills, and be able to work both independently and as part of a team. We aim at research at the highest international level and candidates who fit into this environment are welcome. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong publication record.
Your tasks include, but not limited to:
• The development of new carbon nanostructures for the use as catalysts supports.
• Modification of carbon materials for enhanced carbon corrosion resistance in fuel cell environment.
• Development of oxide-coated carbon structures as supports for the anode side of PEM fuel cell.
• Morphological and electrochemical characterization (half-cell level) of the developed catalysts and catalyst supports.
• Preparation of membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) for PEM fuel cell testing in collaboration with other members of the fuel cell team.

Additional Information:
• Start: August/September 2017
• Project duration: 3 years
• TV-L E13 (65% in the first year)

Persons with disabilities will be preferred in case of equal qualification. TUM aims at a higher proportion of women. Applications from women are therefore explicitly welcome.


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