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PhD position Nanoporous Materials for Thermal Energy Storage

The Eindhoven University of Technology has
a PhD position
Nanoporous Materials for Thermal Energy Storage

5 maanden geleden


de Rondom, Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur


Job description

Thermal Energy Storage Fifty percent of our daily energy usage is in the form of thermal energy. In view of the energy challenges ahead of us, compact heat storage could offer opportunities to bridge the mismatch between availability and consumption of energy. Inorganic crystal hydrates and nanoporous materials (zeolites, MOF's) have the potential to be used as storage media. Whereas in a crystal hydrates heat storage and discharge happens via (de)hydration reactions, water (de)sorption plays a key role in nanoporous materials.

Challenges Study the adsorption and desorption behavior of nanoporous materials both at single particle and particle bed level.

Project aim and description You will select the most appropriate nanoporous materials for heat storage applications and investigate their adsorption and desorption characteristics on particle level. TGA-DSC, XRD and NMR will be used to investigate the response of particles on water vapor. You will construct a research reactor that fits into an MRI and/or CT devices for 3D imaging of water adsorption in beds of porous media. Finally you will model the adsorption/desorption processes for beds. As this project is part of the Mat4Heat program, you will work within a team of 5 PhD's, all studying various aspects of heat storage materials.

Working location The work will be done in the group Transport in Permeable Media (TPM) at the Applied Physics department of the Eindhoven University of Technology. TPM owns the DarcyLab (https://www.tue.nl/en/research/research-labs/darcy-lab/ ), which has a wide range of NMR imaging facilities, CT, XRD and Thermo Analytical instruments to monitor and visualize the water dynamics during phase changes. The project is embedded in a large national program Mat4Sus and intensive cooperation with TNO (the Dutch Organization for Applied Research) is foreseen.


Job requirements
  • Do you have a MSc degree in physics, physical-chemistry or material science?
  • Do you have experience with NMR imaging and CT?
  • Do you dream of contributing to a breakthrough in the area of renewable energy?
  • Do you have very good programming skills (Matlab, C, C++)?

  • If so, you are the right candidate for this position.


    Conditions of employment
  • a challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university and a stimulating internationally renowned research environment;
  • full-time temporary appointment for 4 years;
  • gross salary between € 2.325,00 per month (first year) and € 2.972,00 per month (last year);
  • Additionally, 8% holiday and 8.3% end-of-year annual supplements;
  • an extensive package of fringe benefits (e.g. excellent technical infrastructure, the possibility of child care and excellent sports facilities);
  • Additionele informatie

    Information and Application

    More information can be obtained from: Dr. H.P. Huinink (H.P.Huinink@tue.nl / https://www.tue.nl/en/research/researchers/henk-huinink / +31 40 2475375).

    If interested, please use 'apply now'-button at the top of this page.

    You should upload the following:
  • a cover letter explaining your motivation, background and qualifications for the position;
  • a detailed Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications);
  • a statement of research interests
  • contact information of three references.

  • Please keep in mind; you can upload only 5 documents up to 2 MB each!