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PhD position in Solar Fuels Catalysis

Laboratory of Inorganic Materials Chemistry (IMC) at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at TU/eandGroup of Electrochemical Materials and Interfaces (EMI), Department of Solar Fuels at the Dutch Institute for Fundamental ...

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de Rondom, Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant
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38 uur


Laboratory of Inorganic Materials Chemistry (IMC) at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at TU/e


Group of Electrochemical Materials and Interfaces (EMI), Department of Solar Fuels at the Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research (DIFFER)

We offer a PhD position in Solar Fuels Catalysis for enthusiastic and motivated students. We seek highly talented and curiosity-driven students with an MSc degree with a strong drive towards innovation and excellence in research. Are you attracted to an exciting job in catalysis research?

The PhD position will be placed in joint supervision between the IMC and EMI groups at TU/e and DIFFER, respectively. The research of the IMC group focuses on novel inorganic catalyst materials with applications in sustainable chemical processes for production of fuels and chemicals. Our approach is to develop a science base for design of catalysts based on synthesis of model systems, advanced in-situ spectroscopic and microscopic characterization, computational modelling of reaction mechanism at different length and time scales and experimental kinetic studies. In the EMI group at DIFFER, focus is on the fabrication, characterization, and optimization of photo-/electrochemical materials and interfaces. We are combining in a highly multidisciplinary approach experiments with modeling and simulations. This allows us to elucidate the limitations in the materials and at the interface and to design materials and interfaces with improved performance.

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A PhD position is open in the following project:

The solar-driven production of hydrogen and oxygen from water and sunlight is one of the most fascinating research areas nowadays, and with regard to future energy storage and supply of our society a very crucial one. To arrive at a knowledge-based design of photoelectrochemical energy conversion, devices calls for an in-depth understanding of the underlying physical and molecular mechanisms.

To address this challenge, we are looking for a candidate with a background in chemistry, materials science or physics with a strong interest in heterogeneous (photo)catalysis and photoelectrochemistry. The PhD project will be focused on preparation, characterization and testing of mixed oxide photoanodes for water splitting with the aim to identify intermediates and mechanistic details during photoelectrochemical oxygen evolution by using in-situ and operando spectroscopic techniques, such as infrared and photoelectron spectroscopies. With the expected novel insight, we strive to identify kinetic bottlenecks and derive design parameters for devices with optimal efficiency.


We are looking for talented and enthusiastic (almost) graduated Master students in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science and/or Chemical Engineering. We invite highly motivated students with proven talent for research to apply. Other requirements are excellent analytic and communicative skills. A very good basis in English is a must and we expect you to be a team player.


We offer a challenging job for four years in a highly dynamic and ambitious research environment. You will work with innovative analytic equipment and you will be part of a highly profiled multidisciplinary collaboration where expertise of a variety of disciplines comes together. TU/e and DIFFER are located in the smartest regions of the world and part of the European technology hotspot 'Brainport Eindhoven'; well-known because of many high-tech industries and start-ups. A place to be for talented scientists!

The gross monthly salary in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement of the Dutch Universities (CAO NU), starts with € 2.222 in the first year to € 2.840 in the fourth year. Besides this, TU/e offers holiday- and end-of the year allowances, an excellent package of attractive benefits for employees, a child-care facility, and a modern sports complex. Assistance for finding accommodation can be provided. TU/e offers opportunities for personal development tailored for PhD students.

Additionele informatie


For more information about this vacancy you can contact dr. Jan Philipp Hofmann (TU/e) (e-mail: j.p.hofmann@tue.nl) or dr. Anja Bieberle (DIFFER) (e-mail: a.bieberle@differ.nl).


If you wish to apply, submit before March 15, 2018 your detailed CV, a complete list of courses taken and grades obtained, a short motivation letter and at least two references via the TU/e job website.