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Tuesday, 10 February 2009

RISO Wants Master degree Holders - to do Phd in solid state electrochemistry

Do you want to help develop innovative and environmentally friendly energy technologies for the future?

The Fuel Cells and Solid State Chemistry Division at Risø DTU is among the world’s research leaders in solid oxide fuel cells – a technology for clean and efficient production of electricity. In addition we have activities within a number of related topics in functional ceramics, including electrochemical flue gas purification.

Harmful emissions from Diesel fired engines are an increasing environmental problem. While three-way catalytic converters are efficient in removing pollutants from exhaust gasses from petrol fired engines, problems still remain for Diesel engines. An attractive possibility is to use electrochemical cells to remove the NOx and soot. We have recently been granted a major project from the Danish Council for Strategic Research which will address the key issues needed to bring the technology to a proof-of-concept state.

Project description
The aim of the PhD project is to develop new electrode materials for a ceramic electrochemical cell for flue gas purification. Topics include:

synthesis and structural characterization of novel electrode materials, using e.g. X-ray diffraction and thermal analysis
electrical and electrochemical characterization using conductivity measurements, cyclic voltammetry and impedance spectroscopy
test and characterization of cells using scanning electron microscopy and mass spectrometry
master degree in engineering, materials science, physics, chemistry or similar
strong background in electrochemistry or solid state chemistry
ability to work independently, to plan and carry out complicated tasks, and to be a part of a large, dynamical group
good communication skills in English, both written and spoken
We offer
We offer an exciting and challenging job in an international environment.
Good possibilities for professional and personal growth.
A family friendly organisation with flexible working hours.

Terms of employment
The terms of employment will be in accordance with those of the scientific staff at universities. The PhD stipend has a fixed duration of 3 years. The place of work is Risø DTU in Roskilde.

We must have your online application in English by 1 March 2009. Please open the link "apply online" and fill in the application form and attach your application and CV.

Further information
Please contact Senior Scientist Kent Kammer Hansen, +45 4677 5835 for further information.

Additional information about Risø DTU and the Fuel Cells and Solid State Chemistry Division can be found on

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