Project title: Stability investigations of hydrogen fuel cell and water eletrolyzer electrocatalysts.
We are seeking a candidate to join a PhD programme to develop new generation of materials used as catalysts in hydrogen fuel cells and water electrolyzers. You will join an international team of scientist from academia and industry, working together to solve one of the biggest challenge of our times: smooth transition from fossil fuels to a more sustainable energy scheme. The aim of the PhD project is to systematically investigate the stability of state-of-the-art catalyst materials, which are now being evaluated for commercial use, using high energy X-rays at European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF). We want to better understand the underlying principles leading to catalyst activity and degradation so that we can determine the future R&D directions for hydrogen production and fuel cell technologies. The project is a joint collaboration between ESRF (most advanced high energy X-ray source), Johnson Matthey (a global leader in sustainable technologies) and Technische Universität Berlin (group of P. Strasser)
Further information may be obtained from Dr. Jakub Drnec (tel: +33 4 38 88 19 16, email: email@example.com)
More details about the application procedure on www.innovaxn.eu/for-students/documents/
The successful candidate will be enrolled in the doctoral school of Technische Universität Berlin and based full-time at the ESRF (Grenoble, France), other than a 4-month secondment at Johnson Matthey (Reading,UK). Additional visits totaling no more than 1 months may be made to the Technische Universität Berlin (Berlin, Germany) when needed. Furthermore, a varied pedagogical training programme will be offered to the successful candidate throughout the 3-year PhD project.
More details on the InnovaXN programme on www.innovaxn.eu
InnovaXN is a Horizon 2020 MSCA COFUND programme providing an opportunity for 40 industrial companies to work with 40 PhD students, performing advanced research and exploiting the unique characterisation techniques of the ESRF and ILL. Through collaborations with industry, innovation will be the central theme of the programme. This will provide a unique cross academic-industry science setting, secondment opportunities and society-relevant research, training the future key researchers able to tackle major research and societal challenges.