PhD Synth.+ Characterization of Novel Electrocatalysts for Redox Flow Batteries

Applications are invited for a PhD position in sustainable energy to join Eindhoven University of Technology. The initial contract for this position is four years. There is no application deadline for this position.

For our research group Membrane Materials and Processes, we have one PhD vacancy

'Synthesis and characterization of novel electrocatalysts for redox flow batteries"

The chair Membrane Materials and Processes ( at the department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at Eindhoven University of Technology ( focuses on the design and development of polymer membranes and porous electrodes to control mass transport in sustainable processes. The chair combines and integrates materials chemistry, electrochemical engineering, and process technology. Application areas are water and energy, with a strong focus on the recovery and reuse of resources, the valorization of waste streams and energy efficiency. 'Closing cycles' and 'value from waste' are leading themes in the research program. Next to fundamental academic research, application-oriented research in close collaboration with the industry is stimulated.

The research on electrochemical porous materials and interfaces is led by dr. Forner-Cuenca. We aspire to facilitate the deployment of transformative energy technologies in the real world. To do so, we employ fundamental principles a the convergence of materials science, electrochemical engineering, and surface science to synthesize, characterize, simulate, and implement novel materials into next-generation electrochemical devices (e.g. redox flow batteries, fuel cells, electrolyzers). We are especially interested in understanding complex transport through porous media, synthesizing functional polymer coatings, and developing advances operando techniques.

Transitioning to a renewable energy economy necessitates the development of new, sustainable energy technologies, to which electrochemistry is poised to play a pivotal role. To increase cost competitiveness, a next-generation of porous electrode materials with increased performance must be developed. The chemistry and morphology of the electrode internal interfaces, which is currently poorly controlled, remains a critical issue hindering the performance and durability. In this project, we will develop a novel synthetic methodologies to conformally coat the internal surfaces of three-dimensional porous electrodes typically used in electrochemical technologies (i.e. redox flow batteries). Using the electrografting method, we impart tailored functional properties (e.g. wettability, ion-conductivity, kinetic activity) with high control over the coating morphology (e.g. thickness, conformality, porosity, density) and chemical composition. The ultimate goal of this research is to develop a new class of redox-active molecular electrocatalysts.

The research will be conducted at the Membrane Materials and Processes group, Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at Eindhoven University of Technology.

We are looking for highly motivated, ambitious and enthusiastic researchers with a M.Sc. degree preferably in chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering or a related topic with a strong physical chemistry background and scientific attitude. Experience with synthetic chemistry and electrochemistry are strong assets. Candidates should have excellent experimental and theoretical skills.

We prefer candidates with a good team spirit, who like to work in an internationally oriented, social environment. Fluency in English is a requirement. An interview and a scientific presentation are part of the selection procedure.

We offer a challenging job for four years in a highly motivated team at a dynamic and ambitious university. You will work with innovative equipment and will be part of a highly multidisciplinary collaboration where expertise of a variety of disciplines comes together. The TU/e is located in one of the smartest regions of the world and part of the European technology hotspot 'Brainport Eindhoven'; well-known because of many high-tech industries and start-ups.

The gross monthly salary in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement of the Dutch Universities (CAO NU), starts with 2.325,- in the first year to 2.972,- in the fourth year. Besides this the TU/e has holiday- and end-of the year allowances, an excellent package of attractive benefits for employees and a modern sports complex. Assistance for finding accommodation can be given.

Candidates possessing both suitable experience and qualifications are invited to apply. For information about these PhD positions, please contact Antoni Forner-Cuenca (e-mail: a.forner.cuenca(at), phone: +31 (0)40 247 62 58, Information about terms of employment can be obtained from Sandra van de Weijer, HR advisor: p.j.v.d.weijer(at)

Further information about the research lab on electrochemical porous materials and interfaces, see More information about the chair on Membrane Materials and Processes can be found at and more information about Eindhoven University of Technology and the department of Chemical Engineering & Chemistry is available at

Information about the employment conditions can be found here:

Please send your application via the apply-now button and upload a motivation letter, curriculum vitae (including contact details of at least two references), a list of BSc and MSc courses and grades.You can upload a maximum of 5 documents of up to 10 MB each.

The selection of applicants and the job interviews will start immediately until we find a suitable candidate. We do not respond to applications that are sent to us in a different way.

For this vacancy we will recruit simultaneously both internal as external. In the case of equal suitability internal candidates take priority over external candidates.

An assessment can be part of the selection procedure. Acquisition as a result of this advertisement is not appreciated.

Deadline: As soon as possible
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