PhD positions in Electrochemistry

Updated: 4 months ago
Deadline: 01 Feb 2022

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About the position

We have up to three vacancies for PhD fellows at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the field of Electrochemistry. PhD fellows are expected to complete the degree of PhD within three or four (including teaching duties) years.

Electrochemistry is a truly interdisciplinary field drawing on chemistry, physics, materials science, electronics, and nanotechnology alike. Electrochemistry therefore offers unique possibilities for interesting scientific work and an exciting career. Electrochemistry is essential in our current endeavours toward the green transition and the establishing of a sustainable society, as it is critical to some pivotal technologies such as hydrogen technology (water electrolysis and fuel cells), batteries, and the manufacture of materials that go into a diverse set of technologies related to energy storage and renewables. The demand for staff with expertise in Electrochemistry is therefore soaring.

The available PhD positions are:

PhD 1: This position is affiliated with the LEAn project, which has as its goal to develop efficient and durable anode materials for production of metals. The anode is a major cause of energy loss in production of metals such as nickel and copper, which are highly relevant for batteries and transmission of the electrical energy required for the green transition. It is the objective of the project to develop advanced novel anode catalysts that makes the production of these metals as energy economic as possible. The LEAn-project is funded by the Research Council of Norway and Norwegian and Swedish industry in a prestigious funding scheme. In addition to the PhD, the project team consists of two professors, a team of industry engineers, SINTEF researchers and a post doctor. The position may include secondments/stays in the participating companies (Norway and Sweden).

PhD 2: This position is affiliated with the HOPE project, funded by the Research Council of Norway as one of in total three projects on hydrogen technologies. The overall aim of the project is to reduce the anode loading of Ir catalyst in proton exchange membrane water electrolysis (PEMWE). The PhD student will be involved with several aspects of the project, including synthesis of catalyst and electrode fabrication, electrochemical testing of catalysts and electrode structures (porous transport layer and microporous layer), MEA fabrication and single-cell testing as well as single-cell electrochemical modelling. The candidate will work closely with SINTEF researchers in Trondheim and Oslo and may include secondments/stays at both locations.

PhD 3: This position is affiliated with the MiNimize project, funded by the Research Council of Norway and Norwegian Industry. The position deals with advanced coatings and layers for hydrogen production by alkaline water electrolysis, in close collaboration with one of the World’s leading companies in the field. The objective of the project is to provide novel technological solutions that enables cutting-edge performance and economy of resources, in close collaboration with the industry participant. The position may include secondments/stays at research and production facilities in the participating company (Norway).

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