Recruiting organisation: Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT, Germany
Starting date: 1st April 2018 (or earlier if preferred)
Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Networks (ETNs) are joint research and training projects funded by the European Union. Funding is provided for postgraduate researchers from both inside and outside Europe to carry out individual project work in a European country other than their own.
The training network “FlowCamp” is made up of 11 partners, coordinated by Fraunhofer ICT in Germany. The network will recruit a total of 15 postgraduates for project work lasting for 36 months.
Renewable energy sources like wind turbines require large-scale, stationary energy storage systems to balance out fluctuations in energy generation. FlowCamp will advance the development of one of the most promising storage systems: redox-flow batteries (RFBs). The recruited fellows will develop materials (membranes, electrodes, electrolytes, catalysts,
sealing materials) and macrohomogeneous models for three next-generation RFBs (hydrogen-bromine, organic and zinc-air systems). They will then upscale the new systems to prototype level and validate them using the cutting-edge battery testing facilities available for the prestigious German-funded RedoxWind project at Fraunhofer ICT. The new RFB technologies can be combined in energy storage systems tailored to a wide variety of application scenarios, with lower cost, longer service life and higher efficiency than conventional (e.g. Li-ion) storage devices.
The advertised subproject will be carried out by one postgraduate (“early-stage researcher”) at Fraunhofer ICT over a period of 36 months.
The objectives of the proposed subproject are 1) Set-up of a H2-Br2 RFB laboratory test cell with in-situ measurement of bromine crossover, 2) Implementation of locally resolved current density measurement (segmented cell approach) into test cell, 3) Correlation of bromine crossover to different charging/discharging states of the cell, 4) Integration of 3D printing technique in order to achieve complex cell designs without complicated production techniques, 5) Set-up of a battery system with stack from a project partner, and full characterization of the system, 6) H2-Br2 RFB system will be tested at ICT and the data will form the basis for an economic analysis.
The expected results are: 1) Measurements of Br crossover correlated to different cell states -the different cell states will be monitored with locally resolved current density measurement, 2) In-situ and ex-situ characterisation of new membranes and sealing systems for H2-Br2 RFB, 3) Development and optimization of electrically conductive carbon composites for industrial 3D printing devices, 4) Scale up of cell to a system with a stack provided by a project partner with new membranes and sealing system, 5) Characterisation of the storage system, 6) Economic analysis of RFB system.
This subproject is fully funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network „FlowCamp“ (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017). The recruited researcher will have the opportunity to work as part of an international, interdisciplinary team of 15 postgraduates, based at universities and industrial firms throughout Europe. She/he will gain a unique skill-set comprising electrochemistry, material science and cell design/ engineering, as well as an overview of different RFB technologies and their implementation at prototype level. She/he is expected to finish the project with a PhD thesis and to disseminate the results through patents (if applicable), publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at international conferences.
Qualifications / experience:
The applicant must not have resided or carried out her/his main activity (work, studies etc.) in Germany for more than 12 months in the past three years.
How to apply:
Please send your CV by e-mail to the following address, quoting the reference „FlowCamp-ICT-ESR1“:
Ms. Carolyn Fisher
Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology
76327 Pfinztal / Germany
Application deadline: 30th November 2017Lees verder