Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

PhD scholarship in Development of an Electrochemical SO2 Sensor

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark

The section for “Electrochemical Materials” (EMA) researches on advanced, inorganic and organic materials for electrochemical and optical energy conversion and storage technologies. Through novel approaches to materials synthesis, surface modification, processing, and interface architectures, materials properties are tailored to achieve desired functionalities. This is supported by advanced characterization techniques to monitor the electrochemical, optical, and catalytic properties.

Stricter regulations have been imposed on ships for SO2 emissions. One way to monitor the levels of SO2 emitted from ships is to use an electrochemical sensor. In this project an all solid state sensor based on a potassium ion conductor will be developed.

Responsibilities and tasks
The PhD position includes:

  • Synthesis of novel and known compounds for sensing electrodes
  • Characterization of above using powder XRD
  • Fabrication of a small cell using tape casting and lamination
  • Test of the cell for SO2 sensing properties using cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy

Candidates should have a two-year master’s degree within chemistry or closely related fields (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Senior Researcher Kent Kammer Hansen, DTU Energy, tel.: +45 2311 1365. E-mail:

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Please submit your online application no later than 3 January 2020 (local time). Apply at

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:
  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their master’s degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

The Department of Energy Conversion and Storage is focused on education, research, and development within functional materials and their application in sustainable energy technologies. In a sustainable energy system, a large part of the energy will be supplied by fluctuating sources such as solar and wind power. This makes it critically important to be able to convert and store the energy as needed. At DTU Energy we work on fuel cells, electrolysis, solar cells, batteries, magnetic refrigeration and other sustainable energy technologies.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.

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