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Reference number: 2020M-059, Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science

Master thesis: Local characterization and contributions to elucidate the mechanisms of the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide by means of scanning probe techniques

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 research. For the defossilation of our economy and for the physical storage of regenerative energy the electrochemical reduction of CO2 is of utmost importance. While successful catalyst materials have already been identified the underlying processes on a molecular level at the surface and the influence of the morphology are not yet fully explored. Within this master thesis scanning probe microscopy will be applied to investigate model systems of catalysts, including their preparation. The experiments will be conducted directly within the electrolyte. Your tasks are:

  • Preparation of the respective model system of catalysts on small scales
  • Evaluation of the morphology and mechanical properties by means of sophisticated atomic force microscopy modi and especially scanning tunneling microscopy
  • Recording, analyzing and optimization of the experimental parameters and 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)