- Kemi och bioteknik
Ansök senast: 2021-08-12
Doctoral student in applied electrochemistry for efficient electrolysis
KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.
Third-cycle subject:Chemical engineering
Electrolysis processes, with electricity comes from renewable sources, enables fossil-free production of hydrogen gas and of other chemicals. However, more complex reactions and feedstocks increase the risk unwanted side reactions and often require precious electrocatalysts. The goal of this project is to introduce thin polymer coatings, of by-products from biorefineries, on the electrodes for enhanced selectivity, increased life-time and smarter cell designs. Systematic studies will be made to investigate transport of different species through polymer films synthesized in different ways and this will generate important understanding about the interplay between the chemistry and structure of the polymer and the electrochemical properties of the electrode. A long-term goal with the project, financed by the Swedish Energy Agency, is a more efficient production of hydrogen and oxygen.
The PhD student will work in the division of applied electrochemistry, with about 30 PhD students and seniors doing research on batteries, fuel cells and electrolytic processes, see more here. Research will be conducted in close collaboration with the division of polymer technology at KTH, see more here.
Supervision: The doctoral student will be supervised by the professors Ann Cornell and Minna Hakkarainen.
What we offer
- The possibility to study in a dynamic and international research environment in collaboration with industries and prominent universities from all over the world.Read more
- A workplace with many employee benefits and monthly salary according to KTH’s Doctoral student salary agreement.
- A postgraduate education at an institution that is active and supportive in matters pertaining to working conditions, gender equality and diversity as well as study environment.
- Work and study in Stockholm, close to nature and the water.
- Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH.
To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 § Swedish Higher Education Ordinance), the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with either of the following:
- passed a degree at advanced level,
- completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level, or
- acquired, in some other way within or outside the country, substantially equivalent knowledge
- Requirements for English equivalent to English B/6, read more here.
A suitable background is in the fields of chemical engineering, chemistry, polymer or material science or similar.
In order to succeed as a doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. During the selection process, candidates will be assessed upon their ability to:
- independently pursue his or her work
- collaborate with others,
- have a professional approach and
- analyse and work with complex issues
- experience of electrochemistry and/or polymer technology.
After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal competency.
Target degree: Doctoral degree
Information regarding admission and employment
Only those admitted to postgraduate education may be employed as a doctoral student. The total length of employment may not be longer than what corresponds to full-time doctoral education in four years ' time. An employed doctoral student can, to a limited extent (maximum 20%), perform certain tasks within their role, e.g. training and administration. A new position as a doctoral student is for a maximum of one year, and then the employment may be renewed for a maximum of two years at a time.
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- CV including your relevant professional experience and knowledge.
- Application letter with a brief description of why you want to pursue research studies, about what your academic interests are and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. (Maximum 2 pages long)
- Copies of diplomas and grades from previous university studies and certificates of fulfilled language requirements (see above). Translations into English or Swedish if the original document is not issued in one of these languages.
- Representative publications or technical reports. For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.
- Contact information to two reference persons
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