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PhD scholarship in Performance and Durability of Electrolyte Supported Solid
Oxide Cells and Stacks
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Electrolysis and power-to-X are becoming key energy technologies in the green
transition, as they will be essential for us in replacing fossil fuels. The
solid oxide electrolysis technology is a very promising electrolysis
technology because of the high efficiency and hereby lower operational cost.
However, the lifetime of the solid oxide electrolysis technology still needs
to be improved; and demonstration and operation of mega-watt scale solid oxide
electrolysis plants is required now and in the coming years.
Several degradation mechanisms have been identified, and while some have a
physical background, e.g. migration of electro-catalyst in the fuel electrode
and detachment of the oxygen electrode, other degradation mechanisms relate to
chemical stability or build-up of impurities in the cell and stacks. These
challenges needs to be tackled with multiple approaches; and to keep the
degradation of the electrolysis cells and stacks low, degradation mitigation
strategies and safe operating conditions need to be explored and developed.
This PhD project will a part of an international research project focusing.
The PhD project will focus on the performance and durability of electrolyte
supported solid oxide electrolysis cells and stacks; and be in corporation
with industrial stakeholders. The project will be will include – but not
limited to - advanced electrochemical characterization and
microstructural/compositional characterization of electrolysis cells and
stacks with subsequent development of degradation mitigation strategies.
Responsibilities and qualifications
You will be working with a team of technicians, postdocs and other master and
PhD students and in close corporation with international partners to achieve
the goals in the project. The work will take its starting point in your
experimental work on electrochemical and microstructural characterization of
performance and durability of the electrolyte supported solid oxide cells and
stacks, but also include advance data analysis and modeling of recorded test
data (e.g. impedance spectroscopy data).
You should thus preferably be:
Experienced with lab-work
Experienced with recording and analysis of electrochemical data
Experienced with microstructural/compositional characterization tools
(e.g. electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, Raman
spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction etc.)
Be a good team-worker - be happy to share thoughts and receive feedback
Have a MSc background in technical sciences or engineering, i.e.
chemistry, material science, physics, nano-technology, energy technology
or other relevant background
Youmust have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar
degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.
Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the
candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For
information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the
PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.
The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Anne Hauch, Senior
Development Engineer Xiufu Sun and Professor Anke Hagen.
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence
of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a
rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for
academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and
academic freedom tempered by responsibility.
Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish
Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon
with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.
Preferred starting date is February 1st 2022 (or according to mutual
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Further information may be obtained from professor Anne Hauch (email@example.com)
or Senior Development Engineer Xiufu Sun (firstname.lastname@example.org)
You can read more about DTU Energy at www. energy.dtu.dk.
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Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 10
December 2021 (Danish time).
Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to
be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill
out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in
one PDF file. The file must include:
A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see
guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)
You may apply prior to obtaining your master's degree but cannot begin
before having received it.
Interviews are expected to be conducted 14 to 21 December 2021
Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability,
religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.
The Department of Energy Conversion and Storage is focusing on functional
materials and their application in sustainable energy technology. Our research
areas include fuel cells, electrolysis, solar cells, electromechanical
converters, sustainable synthetic fuels, and batteries. The Department, which
has more than 200 employees, was founded in 2012. Additional information about
the department can be found onwww. energy.dtu.dk.
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