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PhD position: New Generation of Nanostructures for Oxygen Evolution Reaction

Advertising institute: IEK-3 - Electrochemical Process Engineering
Reference number: D160/2017, Chemistry, material science

Start of work: at once/by arrangement

The oxygen evolution reaction (OER) is the process by which molecular oxygen is generated via the electrochemical oxidation of water, and it holds the key to a number of important energy conversion and storage processes. Currently, the most active OER catalysts are IrO2 or RuO2 in acidic solution but these catalysts suffer from the scarcity and high cost of precious metals. Intense research efforts have focused on the maximization of surface area and catalyst utilization, and the minimization of cost. The general aim is to develop and characterize bimetallic nanostructures for the achievement of excellent catalytic activity.

The Ph.D. student will work on synthesis of heterogeneous catalysts with a variety of emerging synthetic methods, using inorganic and organometallic precursors. The synthesis of a variety of solid catalysts (e.g. metal/metal oxide nanoparticles, carbon-based materials) will be investigated, and the resultant materials will be explored as electro-catalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction. Detailed project descriptions and planning will be undertaken directly with the successful candidate.

We are seeking exceptionally talented and motivated students to join our young, ambitious research team. We are looking to recruit as soon as possible.

Your Job:
Optimization of novel and scalable material preparation protocols; elucidation of the mechanisms of material synthesis, evaluation of the resulting materials as electro-catalysts for the OER in acidic medium.

Your Profile:

  • Master’s degree in chemistry, material science or a related field with a good final grade.
  • Knowledge of fundamental chemistry, solid state chemistry and some experience with inorganic materials chemistry.
  • Knowledge of electrochemistry and electrochemical analysis methods are desirable.
  • Full competence in the English language (written and spoken).

Our Offer:

  • Excellent scientific environment and technical facilities.
  • Opportunity to being part of the national and international scientific community
  • International, interdisciplinary working environment on an attractive research campus, ideally situated between the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Aachen.
  • A comprehensive further training program, including English and German language courses
  • Full PhD stipend(limited to 3 years)
  • Salary and social benefits according to the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD).

Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particularly welcomes applications from women. We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

Candidates should send a CV and a personal statement directly to

Dr. Marcelo Carmo
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
Institut für Energie- und Klimaforschung – Elektrochemische Verfahrenstechnik (IEK-3)
52425 Jülich