Master Thesis: Exploration of novel synthesis concepts of advanced catalysts


The Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energy (HI ERN) is a branch of Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, with a focus on storage technologies for renewable energies. You will be part of the “Novel Catalyst Design” department, headed by Prof. Dr. Marc Ledendecker. The department focuses on fabricating metal-based, inorganic catalysts for the global energy transition. Specifically, this work focuses on preparing platinum-based and iridium oxide-based catalysts for the acidic water-splitting reaction as used in polymer-electrolyte membrane units and exploring novel synthetic schemes to fabricate highly active supported catalysts.


  • Preparation of inorganic nanostructured catalysts based on iridium and platinum
  • Characterization of the materials by physicochemical characterization methods such as XRD, XRF, ICP-MS, XPS, or HR-TEM
  • Evaluation of the measurements and correlation of the obtained data
  • Report your results in a written report and oral presentations

Your profile:

  • Strong interest and motivation in research in the areas of development of new catalysts for the global energy transition
  • Good chemical knowledge and basic skills in one (or more) of the following areas: synthesis of organic or inorganic materials, materials characterization, and electrochemistry
  • Proficient in both written and spoken English

We offer:

  • An excellent, international and interdisciplinary working environment with leading experts in the fields of research
  • Flexibility to shape the master thesis’ topic to applicants' interests and qualifications

We are looking forward to receiving your application. Please write a short e-mail with a CV and your transcript of records attached to Dr. Huize Wang. The position will always be open.


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Last Modified: 24.04.2024