Postdoc for Electrochemical Synthesis of Ammonia

Thursday 17 Jun 21

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VILLUM FONDEN have granted 150 million DKK over the period 2016-2024 to The Villum Center for the Science of Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals” (V-SUSTAIN). The clear aim of the centre is to phase out fossil fuels and thereby alleviate the negative impact the continuous use these have on the earth’s climate and environment.

This project aims at developing a fuel cell type electrochemical cell that can directly produce ammonia at ambient conditions from electricity, water, and air in a scalable manner. It is based on recent breakthroughs on the lithium-mediated electrochemical ammonia synthesis, and the focus in this project is on finding non-Lithium mediated processes for reducing the energy consumption related to use of Lithium and also avoiding non-aqueous electrolytes. The successful applicant will be a member of a larger ammonia team, which are working at different levels of ammonia synthesis ranging from very fundamental studies under UHV conditions to more applied systems like here announced.

We are looking for a Postdoc to study and understand the fundamental mechanisms involved under aqueous conditions, while optimizing the process, activity, and energy efficiency. This will involve fundamental studies of promising cathode materials and the subsequent electrochemical hydrogenation of metal nitrides or amides formed on these surfaces under aqueous conditions. The project will primarily be working on an already developed pressurized fuel cell device combined with use of a glovebox, potentiostats, and product analysis both quantitatively and qualitatively.

The applicant must have extensive experience in electrochemical reduction and metal deposition, and characterization thereof by methods like XPS, XRD, and SEM. Also, experience with designing and testing fuel cell type electrochemical cell and working with pressurized systems will be considered an advantage. Previous experience with battery research may also be beneficial, but is not required.  The successful applicant must also be capable of supervision PhD-students and master students in the laboratory.

Qualifications
The successful candidate is well-motivated, hardworking, and willing and able to work as part of a team. The candidates should preferably have a PhD degree in Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or Materials Science, but others with key skills relevant to the project could also be considered. 


Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is for 1 year. The position is available from 1 September 2021. 


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Further information
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Should you have any queries regarding the positions, please contact Professor Ib Chorkendorff ibchork@fysik.dtu.dk or Associate Professor Jakob Kibsgaard jkib@fysik.dtu.dk

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 1 August 2021 (Danish time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file and one PDF file ONLY containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A cover letter motivating the application including describing your previous experience. (Max one page)
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A list of publications
  • Copies of BSc, MSc and PhD degree diplomas
  • Names and e-mail addresses or telephone numbers of 2 references

All interested candidates, irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background, are encouraged to apply.

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