Master Thesis: High-Throughput Photoelectrochemistry

The Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energy (HI ERN) is an institute of Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, with a focus on storage technologies for renewable energies. As part of Prof. K. Mayrhofer’s research unit “Electrocatalysis” the group “Electrochemical Energy Conversion” - led by Dr. Serhiy Cherevko – is mainly working on catalyst evaluation for (photo-) electrochemical water splitting and fuel cells. Thereby strong emphasis is put on the stability of those materials.

Photoelectrochemical (PEC) solar fuel generation is considered as a potential one-step strategy to store the energy of sunlight in the form of chemical bonds. However, to make this process efficient (in other words: industrially relevant) there are tremendous amount of requirements, which a good photoelectrode material has to fulfill, such as: (i) narrow bandgap, (ii) optimal valence and conduction band positions (iii) good stability over a wide pH and potential window, (iv) facile charge transfer kinetics, (v) high selectivity toward the formation of the targeted products, (vi) low toxicity and (vii) reasonable production cost. Although several materials have been tested as promising catalysts there is still no material that bears all the above-mentioned properties underlying that there is an inevitable need for the development of novel photoelectrocatalyst materials. High-throughput synthesis and characterization methods offer an attractive option to rapidly screen a large number of samples. During your master thesis your job is going to be to synthesize and characterize mixed metal oxide material libraries in a high-throughput manner, which might potentially be active towards the oxygen evolution reaction.

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 for...

… motivated students with excellent grades in the fields of chemistry, chemical engineering, material science or physics, who like to work in international teams. Therefore, besides good scientific basics, appropriate English skills are required. Basic knowledge in electrochemistry is preferable, but not essential.

Are you interested?

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Last Modified: 01.08.2022