This fellowship aims to tackle the challenge by exploring novel hybrid nanostructured composites based on metal hydrides (high volumetric storage capacity), Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs, high gravimetric capacity) and metal oxide catalysts
Study Subject: Science, Chemistry
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Employer: Delft University of Technology
Fellowship Description: The introduction of hydrogen as a future energy carrier in mobile applications relies on the availability of suitable hydrogen storage materials. Finding materials that combine a large volumetric and gravimetric capacity with sufficiently fast kinetics is a huge challenge in this field. This project aims to tackle the challenge by exploring novel hybrid nanostructured composites based on metal hydrides (high volumetric storage capacity), Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs, high gravimetric capacity) and metal oxide catalysts. You will synthesise these hybrid structures, investigate their chemical stability, tailor their properties and assess their application potential. Investigating synergetic effects on the thermodynamics and kinetics of hydrogen storage will be at the core of these studies. A novel spark discharge technique is available to synthesise nanoparticles with well-defined sizes and compositions that cannot be obtained with conventional ball milling techniques. Advanced Sieverts and impedance analysis tools are available to study the thermodynamics and kinetics of hydrogen sorption and transport. The project will be carried out in collaboration with the Nanostructured Materials group at Chemical Engineering (inventors of the spark-discharge technique) and the FAME group at the Reactor Institute Delft. You will work closely with the two PhD students in these groups.
You have a recently completed PhD degree in Materials Science or (Physical) Chemistry, preferably in the field of hydrogen storage materials. We are looking for an enthusiastic team member with excellent academic qualifications and a passion for materials research. Strong experimental skills and a pioneering mentality are essential for this project. You are able to work in close collaboration with other researchers and you have excellent oral and written communication skills.
Fellowship Application Deadline: 14-10-2010
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