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PhD Position Anodic H2O2 Production in Alkaline Water Electrolysis

The aim of this PhD project is to develop and demonstrate anodic hydrogen peroxide production as an alternative to oxygen production, to increase the economics of water electrolysis.

2 maanden geleden


Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
€ 2395 - € 3061 per maand


The project will be a mix of literature research, design engineering, experimental work, supported by theoretical analyses and numerical simulations. In collaboration with Nouryon, Hanzehogeschool Groningen (Entrance) and the university of Groningen, a suitable electrolyte, catalyst, and membrane will be selected. In collaboration with TechnipFMC and Hydrogenics, optimized cells will be developed.

Development of a one-dimensional semi-empirical multiphysics model validated by experiments will allow calculation of the polarization curve for different geometrical and operational parameters. The effects of concentration polarization due to hydrogen peroxide, product cross-over through the membrane, and bubble-induced over-potentials are of particular interest.
Finally, the learnings will be used to assess the feasibility of water oxidation to H2O2.

The RELEASE program will work on new technological opportunities in electrochemical energy storage: hydrogen production, hydrocarbon production from CO2 and flow batteries. The consortium includes over 40 researchers from 7 universities and 25 partners. This research complements the work being carried out within the TU Delft e-Refinery research initiative.

Hydrogen will be an indispensable ingredient in the transition towards a sustainable future. It can be used to store large amounts of energy, or used in the production of liquid fuels and chemicals. The cheapest way to produce ‘green’ hydrogen is through alkaline electrolysis, using renewable electricity. In this process, besides hydrogen, also oxygen is produced. Alternatively, using the right catalyst and cell design the much more valuable product hydrogen peroxide can also be produced.

You will be embedded in the Department of Process & Energy, within the section Large-Scale Energy Storage. The ambition of the Department of Process & Energy is to perform world class education and research in the area of process and energy for a sustainable development. We focus our research on the following areas: Energy Technology, Engineering Thermodynamics, Large Scale Energy Storage, Intensified Reaction and Separation Technology, Fluid Mechanics, and Multiphase Flow. We are situated in the Process and Energy lab, a modern and inspriring academic environment with unique experimental facilities. For more information, click here.

The section Large Scale Energy storage focuses its research on storage of electricity, on the scale of solar plants and wind farms and on process integration with thermo-chemical conversion of bio- and waste resources. It aims at bridging the gap between electricity load and demand, especially needed for highly intermittent energy sources like solar and wind. The main theme of the group is the conversion of power to preferably high energy density liquid fuels and chemicals where sustainably produced hydrogen is coupled to a (biobased) carbon source e.g. CO2, CO or C.


We are looking for an enthusiastic researcher who wants to develop know-how and experience in a challenging academic environment. In more specific terms:

  • The successful applicant is preferably in the first 4 years after graduation (MSc) of their research career.
  • An MSc degree in a relevant engineering or (applied) science direction like Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or (Applied) Physics is a prerequisite.
  • Knowledge of electrochemistry, fluid mechanics, and physical transport phenomena, and experience in conducting experimental work are regarded as strengths.
  • A critical and inquisitive attitude with regard to results is expected, which translates into formulating new research questions.
  • Ability to function both in a team and independently.
  • Good communication skills. Fluent in English, both spoken and written.


TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2395 per month in the first year to € 3061 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts 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.

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Prof. Wiebren de Jong, email wiebren.dejong@tudelft.nl, tel +31 15 27 89476, or dr. Willem Haverkort, Assistant Professor, email j.w.haverkort@tudelft.nl, tel: +31 15 2786651.

For information about the selection procedure, please contact Willem Haverkort, email: j.w.haverkort@tudelft.nl.