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PhD: carbon electrocatalysts: 'C is for Catalyst'

The goal of this PhD is to develop novel carbon-based catalysts for electrocatalytic processes, that have a similar or better performance compared to their …

10 maanden geleden


Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
€ 2325 - € 2972 per maand


The goal of this PhD is to develop novel carbon-based catalysts for electrocatalytic processes, that have a similar or better performance compared to their metallic counterparts. The main electrocatalytic reactions that will be targeted are the electrochemical reduction of CO2 to valuable products, electrochemical nitrogen reduction to ammonia and electrocatalytic reactions in the water cycle, such as the oxygen reduction reaction and electrochemical hydrogen peroxide production. The project will focus on the functionalization of carbon materials, such as carbon nanotubes, by doping with hetero-atoms (for instance nitrogen and sulfur) or doping with small amounts of metals. By doing so, motives that have proven to be active in homogeneous electrocatalysis can be incorporated into a heterogeneous electrocatalyst. We aim to obtain a good understanding on how the functionalization of carbon materials affects their electrocatalytic properties and will study the materials with in operando techniques. The end goal of the project is to integrate the developed carbon materials into electrodes that can be tested under industrially relevant conditions.


You have a recently completed master degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Material Science, preferably with a focus on electrochemistry/electrochemical engineering. You have excellent academic qualifications and a strong drive to synthesize and explore new materials and understand their properties making use of state-of-the art characterization techniques. Strong experimental as well as communicative skills and a pioneering mentality are essential for this project.    


The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. Coming to Delft Service organizes diverse events for new international employees and their accompanying partners, like Partner Career Workshops and Dutch Culture Workshops. Located on campus are the International Children’s Centre and an international primary school which are subject to availability as well as several bilingual schools in the nearby surrounding. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit www.tudelft.nl/phd for more information.

Additional information

For information about this vacancy, you can contact Dr. Ruud Kortlever, Assistant Professor, email: r.kortlever@tudelft.nl, tel: +31 (0)15 27 86640.