Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics
Area of research:
Scientific / postdoctoral posts
DLR’s Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics conducts research in the field of efficient energy storage systems and next-generation energy conversion technologies. The department of Computational Electrochemistry is developing new theories and simulation tools for batteries and fuel cells. At the interface of fundamentals and application our interdisciplinary team investigates physico-chemical relationships with the aim of further improving electrochemical technologies for electromobility and stationary energy storage. We participate in the Cluster of Excellence POLiS for Post-Lithium Systems and offer you access to excellent cutting-edge research, space for your own ideas and contact to national as well as international partners in academia and industry.
Metal-sulfur batteries based on lithium or magnesium offer a particularly high theoretical energy density. In order to exploit this potential, a better understanding of the transport and reaction processes in the pore network is required. Therefore, improved continuum models will be developed and implemented describing the processes from microporous materials to macroporous electrodes. In particular, the Lattice-Boltzmann-method for pore-scale simulations will be further developed.
Your tasks will be:
Develop new mathematical models and methods for metal-sulfur batteries
Develop models on electrode scale based on the Lattice-Boltzmann method Implement the models in C/C++ code and perform simulation studies
Expand the state of knowledge
Unravel reaction mechanism and identify performance limiting processes Identify degradation mechanisms and processes relevant for battery safety
Apply your results of basic research to practical research tasks
Quantify battery properties regarding energy density, power and safety Identify new ways for battery optimization
Publish your results in scientific journals and on conferences
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