Berkeley Lab's Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division (ESDR) is
looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow to participate in the development of a
robust, energy efficient, and cost effective electrochemical regeneration
scheme for aqueous alkaline sorbents specifically for direct air capture of
carbon dioxide (DAC). Carbon dioxide sorbents based on aqueous alkaline
solutions (e.g., sodium hydroxide dissolved in water) provides a simple,
scalable route towards DAC. Compared to more conventional flue gas CO2 capture
methods, such as amine scrubbing, alkaline solutions have substantial
advantages in two important metrics for DAC: cost of sorbent and oxidative
We are pursuing an electrochemical regeneration method of alkaline sorbents to
ensure complete electrification process, allowing the use of renewable sources
(wind, solar, hydrothermal) as the sole energy input. As part of the
project, we plan to develop cost-effective cation exchange membranes with high
cation transport and selectivity over anion transport. We welcome candidates
with specific experience in ion exchange membranes or water
purification/reverse osmosis membranes. An ideal candidate will have PhD
experience in thin film composite membrane synthesis and ion transport
characterization. Also desirable is experience in cell design to characterize
transport through membranes in electrochemical systems.
What You Will Do:
Synthesize thin film composite polymer membranes.
Characterize ion transport through membranes in contact with complex
aqueous solutions containing multiple ions.
Characterize polymer-ion interactions using synchrotron X-ray
Write quarterly reports and provide quarterly updates to LBNL leadership.
Disseminate research through publication of journal articles, present
research work at relevant conferences (e.g., ACS, ECS, AIChE, etc).
What is Required:
A recent Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science, or
Experience in membrane technology, electrochemistry, or electrochemical
Experience in molecular transport characterization through polymers.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
What We Prefer:
Experience in membrane characterization cell design.
Experience in electrochemical systems continuum scale modeling.
Experience with synchrotron x-ray spectroscopy.
For full consideration, please apply by September 30, 2021 with the
following application materials:
Cover Letter - Describe your interest in this position and the relevance
of your background.
Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume.
This is a full time, exempt from overtime pay (monthly paid), 2 year,
postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon
satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and
ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 3 years of paid
Salaries for postdoctoral positions depend on years of experience post-
degree and are predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will
be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities
and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not
automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for
Work will be performed onsite at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1
Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
Learn About Us:
Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges
by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new
materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931,
Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes.
The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of
Energy's Office of Science.
The Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division (ESDR) works on
developing advanced batteries and fuel cells for transportation and stationary
energy storage, grid-connected technologies for a cleaner, more reliable,
resilient, and cost-effective future, and demand-responsive and distributed
energy technologies for a dynamic electric grid.
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