Master Thesis Preparation and Characterisation of Gas Diffusion Electrodes for Metal-Air Batteries

Research Center Jülich - FZJ - Helmholtz Association

Jülich, Germany

Work group:

IEK-9 - Grundlagen der Elektrochemie

Area of research:

Diploma & Master Thesis

Starting date:


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Job description:

IEK-9 Energy Materials group is currently looking for a Master thesis candidate for the earliest possible employment date for a thesis in the area of electrode materials for metal-air batteries.

Metal-air batteries are a possible alternative to lithium-ion batteries that is being intensively investigated. Applications range from mobile to stationary/grid-scale. One of the most important factors to ensure re-chargeability of the batteries is the performance of the cathode, were oxygen reduction and evolution take place.

Our group focusses on fibre-based carbon electrodes from electrospun polymer fibres. They are a novel approach for the development of gas diffusion electrodes for metal-air batteries. They feature a lot of positive properties that make them a possible replacement for state-of-the-art electrodes. Currently, we are working on the implementation and testing of catalyst materials.

Your Tasks:

Preparation and Characterisation of electrodes using electrospinningAnalysis of electrodes using microscopic methods (SEM) as well as spectroscopic methods (Raman)Development of a procedure to implement catalyst materials and subsequent electrochemical investigation (potentiodynamic polarisation, galvano- und potentiostatic measurements)

Your Profile:

Master’s student in Chemistry (focus on materials and/or heterogenic catalysis), Materials Science or related fieldsExtended experience working in a chemical lab as well as first experience with electrochemisty and electrochemical analysis methods is helpful. Adequate computer skills (Origin, Matlab) and English proficiency are expected

Please take the ususal lead time of 6 to 8 weeks into account, when applying!

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: Helmholtz-D144/2018