Postdoc Position (H/F) In Situ And Operando Methods For Interface Studies Of Battery Electrodes

Universities and Institutes of France
December 12, 2022
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  • Organisation/Company: CNRS
  • Research Field: Chemistry Physics
  • Researcher Profile: Recognised Researcher (R2)
  • Application Deadline: 12/12/2022 23:59 - Europe/Brussels
  • Location: France › PARIS 05
  • Type Of Contract: Temporary
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Offer Starting Date: 06/02/2023
  • Task I: Elaboration of electrodes/Classical structural and morphological characterization/Electrochemical performance evaluation Task II: Battery interface analysis by advanced EQCM based methods and piezoelectric sensors (SEI/CEI formation, transfer/transport properties of species at interface/through the electrode, (de)solvation of ions). Task III: Analysis/Modelling of the electrogravimetric results and correlation of these results with the results given by the other techniques. Task IV: Data presentation, reporting, participation to publication preparation.

    A common challenge, essentially in all existing and newly developed battery chemistries, is the understanding, predicting, and controlling the battery interfaces. Tailoring this interface structuring via the proper salt-solvent interaction is the key to enabling the best power performances in alkali metal-ion batteries (Li-ion, Na-ion…). This project aims at describing this complex interface by various in-situ and ex-situ characterization techniques coupled with detailed electrochemical studies. The project will particularly benefit from operando piezoelectric sensing strategy, commonly known as Electrochemical Quartz Crystal Microbalance (EQCM). This methodology, benefitting from the new cell designs adapted to battery characterization, will be used to study the formation of the electrode (anode/cathode)/ electrolyte interface, stability of electrodes, ions' (de)solvation and intercalation process. Fundamental knowledge gained will be implemented to design better interfaces and to achieve stability, enhanced cycle-life and power in beyond Li-ion technologies.

    Within the Collège de France, the “Solid state chemistry-Energy (CSE)” is an internationally known laboratory focusing on the fundamental science of materials for energy storage and conversion devices, and belongs to “RS2E - French research network on electrochemical energy storage”. The main activities of the CSE lab includes the search for new Li reactivity mechanisms, the mastering of interfaces, the exploration of other chemistries beyond Li-ion such as Na-ion, as well as monitoring of the battery metrics with in situ sensors.

    Eligibility criteria

    - Ph.D. in material science (ideally in the field of materials for energy storage) with strong skills in electrochemistry. - Experience in analysis of battery materials by in situ/operando characterization methods, previous experience in EQCM is appreciated. - Ability to work as an independent researcher with a high level of scientific judgement and initiative. - Ability to work in a team environment. - Excellent communication skills in English (both written and verbal) - Able to work in an organized fashion, document and disseminate scientific results such as writing results in reports and publications.

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    Required Research Experiences
  • Chemistry

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  • Physics

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    Offer Requirements
  • Chemistry: PhD or equivalent

    Physics: PhD or equivalent

  • FRENCH: Basic

    Contact Information
  • Organisation/Company: CNRS
  • Department: Chimie du solide et de l'énergie
  • Organisation Type: Public Research Institution
  • Website: https: //
  • Country: France
  • City: PARIS 05
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