Post-doc position on electrochemical carbon dioxide capture and release

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Materials science and technology are our passion. With our cutting-edge research, Empa's around 1,100 employees make essential contributions to the well-being of society for a future worth living. Empa is a research institution of the ETH Domain.

The Laboratory for Functional Polymers is devoted to research and development at the forefront of novel organic redox-active materials, polymers and 2D materials with unique functional properties, designed to enable future technologies.

For an ambitious internally funded project, we are looking for a Postdoctoral researcher with a back-ground in slurry electrodes, electrochemical flow cell design, and characterization. The project target is to develop an efficient electrochemical cell to adsorb CO2 of different concentrations upon reduction and to release the latter upon oxidation, also called electrochemical-swing adsorption (ESA). Leveraging our core competencies in nanoparticle-based colloidal systems, coupled with our expertise in synthesizing pi-conjugated redox active molecules, we aim at significantly enhancing CO2 adsorption in a novel continuous-flow ESA system. We are in search of a dedicated and inventive mindset to address the diverse project objectives, which include the engineering of electrochemical flow cells and the evaluation of their effectiveness in terms of ESA performance.

Post-doc position on electrochemical carbon dioxide capture and release

Your responsibilities

  • Research focused on the design, fabrication, and characterization of electrochemical cells devised for ESA
  • Establishing experimental procedures to assess electrode performance in the ESA process
  • Development and formulation of slurry-electrodes for electrochemical flow systems
  • Building an experimental setup to monitor gas composition during the ESA process
  • Publication of scientific results in peer-reviewed high-impact journals and dissemination at international conferences

Your profile

  • PhD in chemical engineering, electrochemistry, materials science or related disciplines
  • Experience with slurry electrodes and electrochemical processes
  • Experience in the field of ESA is a plus
  • Demonstrated aptitude for out-of-the box and target oriented thinking
  • Full proficiency in written and oral English
  • Self-motivated, open-minded and communicative attitude

Our offer
We offer a fully funded 12-months post-doc position at Empa, with the potential for extension, to conduct cutting-edge research in a rapidly expanding research field with wide technological relevance. Applications are open immediately with an expected starting date of 1 July 2024 or upon mutual agreement.

We live a culture of inclusion and respect. We welcome all people who are interested in innovative, sustainable and meaningful activities - that's what counts.

We look forwardto receiving your complete online application including a letter of motivation, CV, certificates, diplomas and contact details of two reference persons. Please submit these exclusively via our job portal. Applications by e-mail and by post will not be considered.

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Post-doc position on electrochemical carbon dioxide capture and release
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