The Department of Interface Science (www.fhi.mpg.de/isc-department) headed by Prof. Beatriz Roldán Cuenya at the Fritz Haber Institute carries out cutting-edge research on advanced functional materials with applications in heterogeneous catalysis, energy conversion and electrochemistry. By combining unique synthesis methods, state-of-the art tools for operando experimental characterization and advanced approaches to data analysis, atomistic details of thermal catalysis and electrocatalytic reactions at gas/solid and liquid/solid interfaces are revealed. In particular, structure-reactivity correlations on nanostructured materials can be established, paving the way for the rational design of novel catalytic materials.
We are looking for a PhD student for the Minerva Group at the Department of Interface Science (https://www.fhi.mpg.de/1218052/Group10_Monteiro_MinervaFastTrack).
PROJECT: Alkaline water electrolysis
Green hydrogen is the cornerstone of the ongoing energy transition required for a future sustainable society. Alkaline water electrolysers are responsible for nearly all green hydrogen produced nowadays, where Ni-based catalysts are used in the hydrogen evolving cathode. Despite being a mature technology, very little is known on how tuning the electrode-electrolyte interface can be used to optimize the reaction.
The selected candidate will be involved in this project within the ISC department. Your main goal will be to develop fundamental understanding on the effect of the electrolyte on non-noble hydrogen evolution catalysts. This will be achieved using classical and operando electrochemical methods and characterization tools available at the institute. Ultimately, you will also explore practical applications of your fundamental findings.
The PhD candidate is expected to graduate after three years.