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05.12.2018, Wissenschaftliches Personal


Proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC), which efficiently convert renewable hydrogen to electric power, are expected to play a major role in a future decarbonized energy system, in particular in the transport sector. One of the main challenges for commercialization is the reduction of the platinum loading in the catalyst layers that makes about 50% of stack cost in high volume production scenarios. It is the overall goal of this project to develop porous layers in PEMFC with drastically reduced transport losses in the gas and ionomer phases and thus to push the PEM-technology to its full potential. This is achieved through materials development and porous layer design guided by advanced diagnostics and characterization in collaboration with three international research institutes.

Your tasks:

  • Modification of commercially available carbon support materials for increased ionomer-support interaction by, e.g. NH3, oxygen plasma or ozone treatment.
  • Deposition of catalyst particles (Pt or Pt-alloy) on carbon support by various methods with controlled Pt size, location and distribution.
  • Characterization of catalysts by chemical, physical and electrochemical methods including thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), rotating ring disk electrode (RRDE) experiments and single cell fuel cell tests

Your profile:

  • Above average master’s degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, physics or related areas
  • Experience in the field of electrochemistry is advantageous
  • Scientific rigor and curiosity
  • Ability to work in an international team, and self-motivated 

We offer:

  • Start: earliest March 2019
  • Project duration: 4 years
  • Possibility to present results at national/international conferences and project meetings
  • TV-L E13 (65% in the first year, 75% from the second year onwards)
  • This PhD thesis topic is part of a collaborative project with international research groups

Persons with disabilities will be preferred in case of equal qualification. TUM aims at a higher proportion of women. Applications from women are therefore explicitly welcome.

Please e-mail your application (cover letter, transcripts from your Bachelor and Master studies, and resume) to application.TEC@ch.tum.de and specify in the subject of the e-mail to which project you are applying for.

Technische Universität München,
Chair of Technical Electrochemistry
Lichtenbergstr. 4
85748 Garching

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Kontakt: application.TEC@ch.tum.de

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