The Department of Interface Science ( 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 experimental characterization and advanced approaches to data analysis, atomistic details of thermal catalysis and electrochemical 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 currently offer

1 PhD Position (m/f/d)

in the group Dynamics at Electrocatalytic Interface at the Department of Interface Science.

The successful candidate will participate in our endeavor to increase the fundamental understanding of physical and chemical processes at the solid liquid interface during electrochemical energy conversion. We focus our research in particular on the CO2 electroreduction, the oxygen evolution as well as the nitrate reduction reaction. The evolution of the catalysts’ properties will be studied on different time scales related to their electrocatalytic performance (activity, selectivity, stability). To reveal the active state properties, we apply a variety of laboratory- and synchrotron-based operando methods, e.g. X-ray diffraction and scattering, Raman and photoemission spectroscopy.

The PhD projects focuses on the investigation of the solid-liquid interface under electrocatalytic conditions using operando Raman spectroscopy and/or X-ray diffraction. Therefore, model catalysts (thin films, nanoparticles, 2D materials) have to be prepared and comprehensively characterized. The electrocatalytic and electrochemical experiments in rotating disk electrode setup and H-type cell setups coupled with (online) chromatography will be performed. Advanced laboratory-based methods such as X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy are available.

The PhD position is funded for three years.


    Your Application

    Please submit your application via our online application portal ( as soon as possible but latest by March 31, 2023 including the following documents:

    Max Planck Society
    The Max Planck Society endeavors to achieve gender equality and diversity. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society aims to increase the participation of women in research. Therefore, applications by women are particularly welcome. The Max Planck Society is also committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

    The Fritz Haber Institute (FHI) is located in the quiet south-west of Gemany’s capital Berlin, which is a large, tolerant and cosmopolitan city. Berlin offers a wide variety of culture, art, music, and outdoor opportunities.

    For more information please contact:
    Dr. Arno Bergmann ( Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Faradayweg 4-6, 14195 Berlin

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