Master Thesis: Recycling of Aromatic Ionomers for the Application in Fuel Cells and Water Electrolysis

Development of novel technologies such as fuel cells, electrolysis and redox-flow batteries is a very active field of research nowadays due to the need for implementation of renewable energy technologies to decarbonize the society. In addition to the development of novel polymeric materials, which are used as ion-conductive polymers and membranes in the abovementioned electrochemical processes, recycling of these materials is equally important. During the master thesis, a set of aromatic polymers should be integrated into a circular waste stream. The focus lies on the recovery of the ionic conductivity and the polymer backbone and regain > 90% of the initial properties. The recovery rate should be analyzed with standard ex-situ characterization techniques.

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, or material science, who like to work in international teams. Therefore, besides good scientific basics, appropriate English skills are required. Extended knowledge in organic chemistry and polymer chemistry is required for this thesis, and basic knowledge in electrochemistry is preferable, but not essential.

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Last Modified: 17.10.2023