PhD Scholarships at DTU Energy Conversion in Denmark, 2014

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The Section for Proton Conductors at DTU Energy Conversion is offering PhD scholarships within PEM Fuel Cell and alkaline electrolyzer research. Three scholarships will be awarded up to three years. Scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The application deadline is 24th March, 2014.. The Section for Proton Conductors at DTU Energy Conversion is seeking qualified and highly motivated candidates for 3 vacant PhD scholarships. The three scholarships in brief: -Membranes. Development of polymer membranes for acid doped high temperature PEM fuel cells. The project involves one or more of the following: polymer synthesis, membrane casting, membrane post treatment and membrane characterization. It is carried out as a joint Danish Korean project and will involve an internship at Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) in Seoul. Project partners in Denmark are DTU Physics, Danish Power Systems, IRD Fuel Cells and Nordic Institute for Asian Studies. -Electrodes. Development of improved electrodes and MEAs (membrane electrode assemblies) for high temperature PEM fuel cells. The overall goals are better performance and longer lifetimes. Techniques used are ultrasonic spraying, tape casting, scanning electron microscopy, ion milled cross sections and a range of electrochemical techniques like voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Integration of novel catalysts, possibly noble metal free, may be a task and a number of test stacks are to be built. Project partners are DTU Electro and Danish Power Systems. -Alkaline electrolyzer. They expect that water electrolysis will be an important technique for converting renewable electricity into fuels for intermittent storage and for the transport sector. Among electrolyzer technologies the alkaline system is closest to meet future cost targets, but significant improvement of efficiency is needed. Ongoing work already addresses different materials for components in alkaline electrolyzers and the project will be based on development and testing of highly efficient electrolyzer cells in close collaboration with the materials developers. It will thus involve contact to various industrial players within the field, as well as other university groups, in Denmark and abroad..  Scholarships are available for PhD degree at DTU.
The research areas of this scholarship are: Not provided
Who can apply to this scholarship? Candidates should have a Master’s degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master’s degree in engineering. Moreover, candidates are expected to be skilled working with their hands. Experience with in one or more of the following techniques will be an advantage:
· Electrochemistry
· Polymer chemistry
· Testing of fuel cells/electrolyzers
· Electrode manufacturing
· Materials chemistry
Benefits of the scholarship: They offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. They strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe. The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students.
More information about the fellowship:
Duration: Scholarships are offered for three years.
Number of scholarships: Three PhD scholarships are offered.

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