Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Postdoc: Design of Oxide Thin Film Electrocatalysts for Miniaturized Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark

Do you want to create breakthrough concepts for new cathode materials of low temperature SOFCs and to develop an alternative technology, which can provide power for longer than batteries?

We seek a postdoc to do this in a new research project dealing with the epitaxial growth of triple-conducting oxide thin film electrocatalysts for protonic ceramic fuel cells (PCFCs).

Responsibilities and tasks
The postdoctoral fellow will be part of the project “Triple-Conducting Electrocatalysts Enabling Miniaturized Solid Oxide Fuel Cells to Power Internet of Things” recently funded by “Independent Research Fund Denmark”. We aim to identify new catalysts that are active for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) at temperatures between 300 and 500 °C, which can be used as cathodes for protonic ceramic fuel cells. The project combines experimental and theoretical studies and entails a novel design principle for catalysts. The postdoctoral fellow will use pulsed laser deposition to epitaxially grow thin oxide films of state-of-the-art PCFC cathode materials as well as the new ones. A key effort in the project will be to apply in-situ impedance spectroscopy to evaluate the electrochemical properties of the films during- and immediately after film deposition. The ultimate aim is to establish new structure-activity trends of atomically engineered cathode materials and further enhance their ORR by tuning the ratio of the very active sites at the surface.

Qualifications
Candidates should be highly motivated and must have a PhD degree in a physics, chemistry, nanoscience, or materials science. In addition, the following qualifications are important:

  • Experience with thin film oxides
  • Experience with electrochemical characterization
  • Good communication skills in English
  • Being able to work independently and in a team

Candidates with the following qualifications are preferred:
  • Experience with functional metal oxides and their chemistry
  • Experience in metal oxides thin film deposition by pulsed laser deposition
  • Knowledge on impedance spectroscopy
  • Proven writing skills.

Assessment
The assessment of the applicants will be made by Associate Professor Yunzhong Chen and Professor Peter Vang Hendriksen.

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 terms of employment
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 2 years. The expected starting date is January 2020.

Workplace is DTU Energy, DTU Lyngby Campus, Denmark.

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Further information
For further information please contact Associate Professor Yunzhong Chen, yunc@dtu.dk.

You can read more about DTU Energy at www.energy.dtu.dk/english.

Application
Please submit your online application no later than 1 December 2019 (local time). Apply online at www.career.dtu.dk.

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:
  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

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

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

DTU Energy is focusing on functional materials and their application in sustainable energy technology. Our research areas include fuel cells, electrolysis, solar cells, magnetic refrigeration, superconductivity and thermoelectrics. Additional information about the department can be found on www.ecs.dtu.dk.

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.

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