We are currently looking for a postdoctoral researcher (f/m/d) for the electrochemistry group at the Department of Interface Science.
Project: Fundamental processes in next generation bipolar membranes
Bipolar membranes can dissociate or form water (H++OH- H2O) at the interface between a proton and a hydroxide ion conductor under applied bias. This ability enables bipolar membranes to maintain a pH gradient across an electrochemical device between the anode and the cathode and has led to their industrial application in electrodialysis. Recently, we have made a major discovery that links the water dissociation catalysis occuring inside the bipolar membrane junction to water dissociation occuring on electrocatalyst surfaces. This fundamental link shows that the bipolar membrane junction can also be used as a way to study operando water dissociation fundamentals.
The selected candidate will study fundamental processes in the bipolar membrane junction to better understand operando water dissociation and water formation. To that end, collaborations with experts on operando (electro)catalyst characterization within the ISC department will be established. Additionally, bipolar membranes are already being used industrially and have a wealth of future application, such as for fuel cells and electrochemical CO2 reduction; a unique situation, where your fundamental insights have the potential for direct practical impact. In collaboration with other ISC team members you will therefore explore some of these emerging applications.
The PostDoc position is initially for one year but can be extended up to three years.
We expect candidates to have a: