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Third-cycle subject: Chemistry
Title of the position: Development of Pt-free/Pt-depleted materials for catalysts
Department information/Research group: The PhD studies will take place at Applied Physical Chemistry division, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health, KTH. The work will be done in a frame of the project “Development of efficient and cost-effective fuel cells“ where six PhD students and five senior researchers, at three different Swedish universities, are involved. The goal of the project is to develop a new generation of Anion Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (AEMFC) based on novel anion exchange membrane (AEM) and new Pt-free catalysts. The project is organized in four parts including: Design and synthesis of anion exchange membranes; Development of Pt-free/Pt-depleted materials for catalysts; Electrochemical characterization and evaluation of fuel cells in real lab-scale; Modelling.
We are looking for a PhD student to make synthesis and characterization of Pt-free/Pt-depleted materials for using as catalysts in anion exchange membrane fuel cells. The fabrication of the material will be mainly done by using ionizing radiation induced synthesis. This method is based on the reduction/oxidation of metal precursor salts by the product of water/solvent radiolysis so that a less soluble compound can form and precipitate. The catalysts will be produced in the form of nanostructures (nanoparticles, nanorods, etc.), both free-standing and on support. The structure, chemical composition, surface morphology and other physical and chemical properties of nanocatalysts will be characterized using analytical methods, such as electron microscopy (SEM, TEM), X-ray diffraction, X-ray spectroscopy (XAS, XES, EXAFS, XPS). The obtained material will be supplied to partners in the project for electrochemical evaluation and analysis of performance in real lab-scale fuel cells.
What we offer
To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 § högskoleförordningen), the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with either of the following:
The successful applicant is expected to hold or be about to receive an MSc degree in Chemistry or Physics. Some experience in Materials Chemistry or Materials Physics is desirable.
We are looking for a strongly motivated person who is able to work both independently and together with other colleagues. The successful candidate needs to have good analytical and problem solving skills. Good oral and written English is required.
In order to succeed as an doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. In the selection of the applicants, the following will be assessed:
Target degree: PhD in Chemistry
Information regarding admission and employment
Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle studies may be employed as a doctoral student. The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study. Decisions on employment as a doctoral student may not be appealed.
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