The work will take place in collaboration between the Physics Department, the Energy Storage Group within the Energy Systems Department and the Silicon Production Group at the Solar Energy Department. The candidate will work in a dynamic environment with highly skilled colleagues within many research topics and will play a central role in bringing the competence together to create better technology for Li-ion batteries. The challenge is to understand how silicon behaves as an anode material in Li-ion batteries. IFE has over the last five years put substantial effort on the development of silicon as a replacement for graphite in the anode of Li-ion batteries. Silicon has a much higher charge capacity than graphite, but there are great challenges connected to the practical use because of the large expansion on Li-ion uptake and subsequent degradation of the nanostructure. IFE aims to solve some of these challenges using new and industrially relevant silicon production methods in combination with in-depth understanding of how the silicon material acts in the battery.
The position is a postdoc of 2.5 years connected to the project “Silicon product control for better Li-ion batteries”, a new research project financed by the Research Council of Norway. The project aims to produce nanostructured silicon material, and understand how the material acts on the micro- and nanoscales during charging and discharging of the Li-ion battery. The project will make use of advanced material characterization methods based on x-ray and neutron scattering. Experiments, including particle synthesis, electrochemical testing and characterization will be done in IFE’s designated laboratories at Kjeller. Advanced characterization of particles and battery components will be performed both at IFE’s own neutron scattering facility (the Jeep II reactor) and at international neutron sources and/or synchrotrons.
IFE is an independent research foundation based in Norway at Kjeller and in Halden. We are in the forefront internationally in several fields within renewable energy, petroleum, nuclear technology and nuclear medicine. IFE develops new solutions for the industry and public sector in over 30 countries. IFE is host to the international OECD Halden Project. We are about 600 employees and the annual turnover is about NOK 1 billion. Read more about IFE at www.ife.no/en
PhD in physics, chemistry or material technology.
Experience with experimental work within several of these areas: Li-ion batteries, Use of large experimental facilities (synchrotrons and neutron sources), Electrochemistry, Nanoparticles, Production and use of silicon, Material technology
Self-driven and solution oriented, Systematic and organized, Good communication skills and willingness to share and collaborate.
Trygve T. Mongstad / Kenneth D. Knudsen
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