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Reference number: 2020M-058, Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science

Master thesis: Preparation and mechanical as well as electrochemical characterization of polymer/silicon-based composites as anode material for Lithium Ion Batteries

Description of organizational unit
The Institute of Energy and Climate Research - Fundamental Electrochemistry (IEK-9) focuses on the scientific principles of the development of powerful and advanced materials for electrochemical storage and energy conversion. Goals of the research and development are cheap batteries, fuel cells and electrolysers with enhanced energy and power density, long life time and maximum reliability.

Your Job:
Within our research expertise we are offering a highly topical master thesis in the field of energy materials. Developing the batteries of the future with increased capacity, more environmentally friendly and fulfilling high safety standards require new materials. One possibility is the application of composite materials that ideally combines positive properties of different materials such as polymers and metals. Within this master thesis polymers and thin films of silicone are unified in a specific way and analyzed with respect to their feasibility as anode materials. Your tasks are:

  • Preparation of the composite materials by means of various deposition techniques
  • Evaluation of the morphology and mechanical properties by means of sophisticated atomic force microscopy modi
  • Recording, analyzing and optimization of the electrochemical performance of the samples
  • Analysis and safe data handling and storage
  • Writing scientific documentations and presenting the results at international conferences, project meetings as well as internally

Your Profile:

  • Excellent university education in Chemistry / Physics / Material Science or another relevant discipline
  • Good knowledge of electrochemistry
  • Verifiable experience in atomic force microscopy, deposition techniques and / or glove box environment is advantageous
  • Excellent skills in spoken and written German and/or English
  • Strong interest to conduct research in the field of battery materials
  • Ability to work independently and in international teams while showing initiative
  • Very conscientious and patient way of working

Our Offer:

  • Working in a highly topical and future oriented dynamic field of research
  • Direct supervision in a small group while incorporated in an international and interdisciplinary working environment
  • Outstanding scientific and technical infrastructure within one of the largest research centers in Europe in the vicinity of Düsseldorf, Aachen, and Köln
  • A comprehensive further training program
  • Potential financial compensation

Please send applications by email to:

Prof. Dr. Florian Hausen
+49 2461 – 614412

Forschungszentrum Jülich
Institut of Energy and Climate Research
Fundamental Electrochemistry (IEK-9)