Description and scientific aim
Electrochemical materials and interfaces are present in many energy systems, such as fuel cells, batteries, or water splitting devices. The performance of such devices is strongly related to the materials and interface properties. Therefore, understanding and tuning of these properties are crucial in order to reach highest performance and to supply alternative, sustainable energy solutions for the future.
In the group "Electrochemical Materials and Interfaces (EMI)", we focus on the fabrication, characterization, and optimization of photo-/electrochemical materials and interfaces. We are combining in a highly multidisciplinary approach experiments with modeling & simulations. This allows us to elucidate the limitations in the materials and at the interface and to design materials and interfaces with improved performance.
In this frame, we recently received a grant for two PhD students together with the group "Control Systems" of the Department of Electrical Engineering at TU/e (Prof. S. Weiland). The scientific aim of this grant is to identify the limitations at photo-electrochemical water splitting interfaces by intertwining operando spectroscopy with microkinetic modeling. You, as PhD student at DIFFER, will work fully experimentally on processing, characterization, and analyses of photoelectrodes with main focus on infrared and electrochemical spectroscopy. You will closely collaborate with the PhD student on modeling hired at TU/e.Responsibilities and tasks:
- process and characterize electrode materials
- investigate the electrodes by operando spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR spectroscopy in combination with electrochemical spectroscopy)
- develop a model of the interfacial processes and validate your model with modeling results (in collaboration with the modeling PhD student of the project)
- collaborate with researchers from EMI and/or other scientific groups to discuss your research and to broaden and deepen your knowledge and expertise
- connect your data to ML and AI databases
- involve students in your project and supervise them (Master, Bachelor, interns)
- disseminate your research output at conferences and with scientific papers
- contribute actively to a vivid research environment in the EMI group and at DIFFER