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The integrated nickel-iron battery and alkaline electrolyser is meant for storage of renewable electricity and when full generates hydrogen and oxygen if there is still surplus electricity available [1-3]. In this way it can play a role in the future energy system, providing short term battery storage and long term storage in the form of hydrogen. The cadidates will work on a number of aspects of the battolyser that are relevant for the energy density, efficiency and materials use in the hart of the electrochemical cells. These will include modified materials and future electrode concepts, where the performance, scientific understanding, design optimisation and the manufacturability of the electrodes at scale are important. The research at TU Delft is part of a larger project with www.battolysersystems.com, and a number of private partners, and that also receives funding from MOOI-Sigohe (RVO).
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We are looking for PhD's with an excellent track record and relevant background that can operate in the fields of alkaline electrolysis and battery storage. The following disciplines are relevant:
- materials science
- inorganic chemistry
- physical chemistry / physics
- materials characterisation tools
In addition we are looking for people that like to work in a larger team that is focussed and result oriented.
You will be appointed on a contract for 30 months. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.
For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.
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