PhD Student (ETHZ)

Design of membrane electrode assemblies for highperformance bipolar membrane co-electrolysis Your

Your tasks

  • Develop novel membrane electrode assemblies (including the optimization of catalysts, ionomer and membranes) for the electroreduction of CO2 to CO in a bipolar membrane co-electrolyzer
  • Determine the electrochemial performance of this co-electrolyzer, including the online, quantitative analysis of the reaction products
  • Perform post-mortem and opernado characterization of the cell components to identify failure mechanisms and extend the device's service life
  • Share the results of these studies with project partners
  • Publish these results in well-regarded journals and present them in international conferences

Your profile

  • MSc and/or BSc degree in chemistry, materials science or related field
  • Good knowledge of electrochemistry
  • Proven problem-solving skills
  • Creative, hands-on personality
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team
  • Well-developed communication skills, self-organization for periodic progress reporting and good command of the english language (spoken and written)
  • Knowledge of MEA manufacturing and testing, tomography and/or online analytics would be welcome assets

We offer

Our institution is based on an interdisciplinary, innovative and dynamic collaboration. You will profit from a systematic training on the job, in addition to personal development possibilities and our pronounced vocational training culture. If you wish to optimally combine work and family life or other personal interests, we are able to support you with our modern employment conditions and the on-site infrastructure.

For further information, please contact Dr Juan Herranz Salaner, phone +41 56 310 55 62.

Please submit your application online by 30 April 2024 (including addresses of referees) for the position as a PhD Student (index no. 5422-00).

Paul Scherrer Institut, Human Resources Management, Mariusz Prus, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland