The Department of Interface Science (https://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 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.
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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 comprises the preparation and physico-chemical characterization of size- or shape selected nanoparticles prepared and/or thin film electrocatalysts prepared by physical or chemical methods, electrocatalytic and electrochemical experiments in rotating disk electrode setup and H-type cell setups coupled with (online) chromatography. To characterize the model electrocatalysts advanced laboratory-based methods such as X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy will have to be applied. One focus of the project is the development and optimization of (operando) electrochemical setups as well as data analysis routines.
The PhD position is funded for three years.
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Dr Arno Bergmann (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Faradayweg 4-6, 14195 Berlin