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PhD position on modelling membrane-less redox flow batteries

With renewable electricity from wind and solar becoming cheaper and higher in demand, storage of electrical energy is become more important. One of the …

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


With renewable electricity from wind and solar becoming cheaper and higher in demand, storage of electrical energy is become more important. One of the cheapest yet highly energy efficient ways to store electricity on a large scale is with redox flow batteries. In a particularly promising type, hydrogen and bromine are created from water and hydrogen bromide during charging, and converted back during discharge. To improve performance, durability, and cost effectiveness, membrane-less designs have been proposed and successfully tested. Separation of reaction products can be effected by ensuring thin laminar boundary layers, see for example Braff et al., Nature Comm., 4, 2346 (2013) and Suss et al. RSC Adv., 6 (2016).

In this PhD project a comprehensive computational model will be developed to test and optimize several designs and innovations. The focus will be on the physics and understanding, rather than on programming or numerical mathematics. Therefore, use will be made of readily available solvers like COMSOL Multiphysics or, if needed, OpenFOAM. An important goal is to formulate guidelines for design, preferably in the form of mathematical formulas or engineering correlations.

The PhD position will be part of a larger European effort to improve and scale this technology up. Therefore, the insights gained from modelling will be immediately put to use in designing prototypes, and experimental data that can be used for validation and calibration will become available during the course of the project. At TU Delft, a PhD position (this one) and one 3-year postdoc position (see: https://www.academictransfer.com/en/287346/postdoc-3-years-on-membraneless-redox-flow-battery-development/).
In case a candidate is exceptionally motivated and successful, a combination with experimental research can be discussed. The ideal starting data will be somewhere early 2020.


We are looking for a highly self-motivated, independent, and assertive candidate (f/m) with a sharp mind for critical and creative thinking as well as good communication skills in English.

An MSc in an applied science or an engineering discipline like applied physics or mathematics, mechanical-, aerospace-, or chemical engineering or equivalent is required as well as a proven affinity with and skill for mathematical and computational modelling.


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. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. 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 http://www.tudelft.nl/phd for more information.

TU Delft creates equal opportunities and encourages women to apply.

Additional information

For information about this vacancy, you can contact Willem Haverkort, email: J.W.Haverkort@tudelft.nl, tel.: +31 152786651.