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Master Thesis - Modeling, parameter estimation and model validation of a structure model for porous transport layers


At the Institute of Energy and Climate Research - Electrochemical Process Engineering (IEK-14), with more than 20 years of experience in electrochemical energy conversion, we are at the forefront of innovative solutions for clean and sustainable energy conversion devices. In collaboration with national and international partners from research and industry, we develop solutions for mobile, portable and stationary applications and research the use of liquid energy carriers as fuels as well as their efficient and environmentally friendly production and use. Hydrogen is considered the best alternative to fossil fuels; if it is generated with renewable electricity, it is an excellent energy carrier that can be used and converted without carbon dioxide emissions. Low-temperature water electrolysis is considered the preferred route for the large-scale production of hydrogen. However, the efficiency of water electrolysis depends on the proper design of any components, one of them is the porous transport layer and the understanding of its micro-structure.

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Your Job:

The focus of this master thesis is the parametrization of a stochastic structure model of a porous transport layer of electrolysers. For validation three dimensional micro-structures of real material are available. Basic models of the micro-structure are available, also tools for transport simulation running on parallel computer clusters. The validation of the basic models shall be supported by phenomenological relationships from literature. Your tasks in detail:

  • Literature review on characterization of porous material
  • Generation of micro-structures, performing transport simulations, and analysis of the results
  • Identification of relationships between micro-structure and macroscopic characteristics

Your Profile:

  • Current master studies with excellent marks in Mathematics, Physics, Engineering or comparable subject
  • Excellent knowledge in the field modeling and mathematical optimization
  • Good knowledge of and some experience in a programming language, preferably C++ or Python
  • Fluency in spoken and written English
  • Fluency in German is advantageous
  • Independent, self-motivated and responsible
  • Excellent cooperation, communication and teamwork abilities

Our Offer:

We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the chance to actively help in shaping the change! We support you in your work with:

  • Comprehensive training courses and individual opportunities for personal and professional further development
  • Extensive company health management
  • Ideal conditions for balancing work and private life, as well as a family-friendly corporate policy
  • Flexible work (location) arrangements, e.g. remote work

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.

We look forward to receiving your application. The job will be advertised until the position has been successfully filled. You should therefore submit your application as soon as possible.

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Last Modified: 14.08.2022