2 PhD Positions in Materials Science, Surface Science, Physics, Electrocatalysis

    2 PhD Positions in Materials Science, Surface Science, Physics, Electrocatalysis

    PhD Position in Materials Science, Surface Science, Physics, Electrocatalysis for Graduates in Physics, Chemistry is available in the DTU Physics, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark to carry out the project “discover and establish new fundamental insight into the catalytic activity of duel and triple atom catalysts


    Deadline to Apply

    Apr 23, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    Overview

    PositionPhD Positions
    No. of Position(s)two
    Research Area– Physics
    – Chemistry
    – Chemical Engineering
    – Materials Science
    – Electrocatalysis
    ScholarshipAccording to Standard Norms
    WorkplaceSurfCat
    Department of Physics
    Technical University of Denmark
    Denmark
    Contract Period3 Years

    Project 1

    PhD position in Experimental Surface Science for: Discovering New Dual and Triple Atom Catalysts

    The position will be focused on synthesis, characterization and testing of the dual and triple atom catalysts using state-of-the-art in-house facilities or synchrotrons at SLAC or Lund. Specifically the work will involve:

    • Well-controlled dual and triple atom catalysts will be prepared using a UHV-compatible magnetron-based cluster source with time-of-flight mass filter.
    • Samples will be characterized in detail using e.g. STM, TEM, TPD, XPS, ISS to probe dispersity and chemical state of the prepared dual and triple atom catalysts. Synchrotron experiments, specifically EXAFS for dispersion and the number and nature of neighboring atoms, ideally in situ.

    Following synthesis the catalytic activity will investigated by other group members for both thermal and electrochemical reactions.

    The work will rely heavily on a close collaboration between theory and experiment, where computational screening may identify the most promising catalysts. It will therefore be in collaboration with the theory group at DTU. 

    Project 2

    PhD position in Experimental Surface Science/Electrochemistry for: Discovering New Dual and Triple Atom Catalysts

    The position will be focused on electrochemical testing and characterization of the dual and triple atom catalysts produced by other group members using cluster sources. Specifically the work will involve:

    • The work will involve fundamental electrochemical investigation of the dual and triple atom catalysts using RDE setups but also a newly developed sniffer setup that combines mass spectrometry with electrochemistry.
    • Characterization of samples using e.g.STM, TEM, XPS, ISS to probe dispersity and chemical state of the prepared dual and triple atoms catalysts. Synchrotron experiments, specifically EXAFS for dispersion and the number and nature of neighboring atoms, ideally in situ.

    The work will rely heavily on a close collaboration between theory and experiment, where computational screening may identify the most promising catalysts. It will therefore be in collaboration with the theory group at DTU. 

    About the Project

    The position is funded by the DETECT project which is an ERC-COG grant from the European Research Council. The overarching aim of this project is to discover and establish new fundamental insight into the catalytic activity of duel and triple atom catalysts. Reactions of interest includes:

    • Hydrogen peroxide formation
    • CO2 reduction
    • Ammonia synthesis

    The positions are at the SurfCat section which is also leading the “The Villum Center for the Science of Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals” (V-SUSTAIN), at the Department of Physics at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Here we enjoy a social, open and transparent scientific environment. The students will be able to take full advantage of the large number of personnel working in adjacent fields of investigation, from surface science on single crystals to the testing of high surface area catalysts in reactors.

    Qualifications

    The successful candidates will have obtained excellent grades in his/her Bachelor and Masters degrees. He/she should also be well-motivated, hardworking and willing and able to work as part of a team.

    Candidates for the PhD positions should have a Masters’ degree in Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Materials Science by the time they commence the project. Candidates who has shown interest/had experience in surface science and UHV are preferred.

    How to Apply?

    Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 23 April 2021 (Danish time). To apply, please open the link “Apply online,” fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in a single PDF file.

    Documents Required

    • A cover letter motivating the application. (Max one page)
    • A curriculum vitae
    • Copies of BSc and MSc degree diplomas
    • Mandatory excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here
    • Names and e-mail addresses or telephone numbers of 2 references.

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

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

    Note

    The PhD position is for 3 years and the PhD thesis must be delivered during this period. The position are available from September 2021 – when applying please indicate a possible earliest starting date.

    You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

    Inquiries

    Associate Professor Jakob Kibsgaard
    SurfCat
    Department of Physics
    Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
    jkib@fysik.dtu.dk

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