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Green hydrogen from water electrolysis is widely acknowledged to be a very important ingredient in the energy transition. Alkaline electrolysis is the most established and most economical way of producing green hydrogen. Ion Exchange Membranes are typically used to separate the generated hydrogen and oxygen, but until recently these were not successfully developed for alkaline conditions. However, strong improvements have recently been made and the resulting Anion Exchange Membranes (AEM) have the potential to dramatically improve the performance of electrolyzers in the near future. For the somewhat longer term it remains to be seen what intensification techniques will bring the next step in performance. If you are an engineer or practically oriented scientist with affinity with fluid mechanics, electrochemistry, and renewable energy, your help is needed to realize this next step in innovation.
High-frequency oscillations in the applied voltage and magnetizing the electrodes may be relatively simple ways to improve the reaction rates. Magnetic fields are also known to influence the bubble hydrodynamics through the Lorentz force, which provides another means to influence the process. You will investigate these phonomena in an AEM electrolyzer.
Your job will be to design, build, and test a set-up to investigate the influence of pulsed potentials and magnetic fields on AEM water electrolysis. There is ample experience available within the group, the wider TU Delft e-refinery community, and HyET E-trol B.V., the industrial partner and collaborator sponsoring this project.
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. A contract intended for two years.
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