PhD scholarship in Physics, Materials Science, Physical Chemistry

    PhD scholarship in Physics, Materials Science, Physical Chemistry

    Physical Chemistry – PhD scholarship in Exsolved Nanocatalysts for Efficient and Robust Green Hydrogen Production (ENERGHy), in the Section of Electrochemistry at DTU Energy, Technical University of Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    May 17, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPhD Position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research Area– Physics
    – Materials Science
    – Physical Chemistry
    ScholarshipAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceSection of Electrochemistry
    DTU Energy
    Technical University of Denmark
    Contract Period3 Years
    Starting date


    You must have a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) in e.g. Physics, Materials Science, or Physical Chemistry. or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree.

    As an appropriate candidate you are:

    • Highly motivated and enthusiastic about the research topic
    • Responsible, sincere, and forthcoming
    • Driven by challenges, forward looking, and pro-active
    • Able to work independently as well as within a team
    • Excited to be part of a dynamic multi-disciplinary group
    • Able to plan and carry out complicated tasks, and to pursue parallel paths
    • Able to accommodate in your planning time boundaries imposed by the overall project goals
    • Good at communicating and reporting your work in both written and spoken English


    Documented experience in one or more of the following specific areas is required:

    • Electrochemical characterization
    • Chemical synthesis, Electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and other structural and chemical analysis techniques
    • Alkaline electrolysis cells or polymer electrolyte membrane electrolysis cells


    At DTU Energy we are developing electrocatalysts, electrodes, and membranes for advanced electrolysis cells. We do so by striving for fundamental understanding of the underlying processes that will help guide progress in a rational manner. The success of ENERGHy relies on our ability to select the right composition of the host structure and the parameters of the exsolution process that will result in the desired catalytic activity and support functionality. This will be achieved by in-situ monitoring and understanding the kinetics of the exsolution process while carefully characterizing the transport and catalytic properties of the resulting structures.

    This PhD project will be carried out in collaboration with the group of Assoc. Prof. WooChul Jung at the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), who have many years of experience with exsolution based catalysts. The PhD work at DTU will be aligned with ongoing activities at KAIST. The PhD student at DTU will focus on the development of catalysts/electrodes for high temperature alkaline electrolysis cells (HT-AEC) and polymer electrolyte membrane electrolysis cells (PEMEC), whereas the activities at KAIST are centred around ceramic proton conducting electrolysis cells (CPCEC) and solid oxide electrolysis cells (SOEC). Parallel efforts at DTU and KAIST will focus on distinct but complementary compositions in order to explore a broader range of the composition space through sample exchange. This will also incentivize collaboration and result in joint publications. Some of your key responsibilities and tasks are:

    • You will be responsible for the selection of host catalysts compositions on the basis of a thorough literature review and input from your supervisors with respect to the criteria required to overcome the targeted electrolyzer challenges.
    • You will synthesize and characterize the selected compositions, and carry out detailed in-situ monitoring of the exsolution process.
    • You will carry out electrochemical testing of selected exsolved nanocatalysts for the OER and HER using model electrodes, with emphasis on assessing kinetics and catalyst stability.
    • You will implement some of the best developed catalysts into technological electrodes, using low cost fabrication methods, and you will carry out testing of lab scale electrolysis cells to show case the potential of these advanced catalysts.
    • You will work in close collaboration with our partners from KAIST, Korea, where you will also have the opportunity to carry out your obligatory external stay for a period of 3-6 months.

    Your work will built upon a broad knowledge base on electrochemistry and will benefit from our well-equipped and diverse labs and a spirit of knowledge sharing and collaboration within the Department. You are expected to take a leading role in the scientific and practical gearing of your project, proposing the most appropriate way forward, establishing an action and time plan in line with the overall project timeline, and coordinating the required work in the most efficient and productive way possible.

    How to Apply?

    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.

    Documents Required

    • 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)

    About DTU Energy

    The Department of Energy Conversion and Storage is focusing on functional materials and their application in sustainable energy technology. Our research areas include fuel cells, electrolysis, solar cells, electromechanical converters, sustainable synthetic fuels, and batteries. The Department, which has more than 200 employees, was founded in 2012. Additional information about the department can be found on


    • 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.
    • If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.


    Senior Scientist Christodoulos Chatzichristodoulou
    Tel.: +45 21325057

    Head of Section Lars Nilausen Cleemann

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    PhD scholarship in Exsolved Nanocatalysts for Efficient and Robust Green Hydrogen Production (ENERGHy)

    Post expires at 8:59am on Tuesday May 18th, 2021 (GMT+9)