This PhD student position is part of SwedNess (http://www.swedness.se/), the Swedish national graduate school for neutron scattering where KTH is one of the responsible academic institutions. The school is fully funded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) and aims to educate a new generation of highly skilled neutron experts. Each PhD student is fully funded from the start, including salary and a sufficient running budget. The latter will give the student possibilities to travel to external experiments and to visit international facilities, institutions and conferences.
KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.
The School of Chemical Science and Engineering includes the areas Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Fibre and Polymer Technology. It encompasses both fundamental and applied Chemical sciences and seeks sustainable development through scientific excellence. Many research activities are interdisciplinary across the borders from Chemistry to Materials science, Environmental science, Biochemistry, Biology and Medicine. The School offers a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Chemistry, Degree Programs in Engineering Chemistry, Technical Preparatory Year and three international master programs: Chemical Engineering for Energy and the Environment, Macromolecular Materials and Molecular Science and Engineering. We also cooperate with the master programs Energy and Environment, Materials Design and Biotechnology.
Electrochemical energy devices such as fuel cells, secondary batteries and electrolysers are of utmost importance in the sustainable energy systems of tomorrow. This PhD project will focus on neutron scattering techniques for electrochemical applications. This involves ex-situ, in-situ and in-operandi studies of new and improved material and process concepts of model systems as well as complex porous structures. It may involve structural analyses of interfaces between ion conducting polymers and solid electrodes in batteries and fuel cells, catalytic processes and polymer electrolyte interaction at catalysts for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells, composition of metal oxide catalyst in electrolytic process, volume changes and mechanical stresses in intercalating structural battery electrodes and assemblies. The project is multi-disciplinary and close collaborations with PhD students and experts in electrochemical applications as well as neutron scattering techniques is a prerequisite.
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Type of employment: Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type: Full time
First day of employment: According to agreement / As soon as possible
Salary: Monthly salary according to KTH´s Ph.D. student salary agreement
Ann Cornell, Associate Professor
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