DLR-DAAD Doctoral Fellowship Nr. 637


Doctoral Fellowship

Enter the fascinating world of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and help shape the future through research and innovation! We offer an exciting and inspiring working environment driven by the expertise and curiosity of our 11,000 employees from 100 nations and our unique infrastructure. Together, we develop sustainable technologies and thus contribute to finding solutions to global challenges. Would you like to join us in addressing this major future challenge? Then this is your place!

Our Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics in Stuttgart offers a

DLR-DAAD Doctoral Fellowship

Nr. 637: Electrochemical reduction of CO2

What to expect:

Optimization of the Membrane electrode assembly and developing the cathode electrode for the reduction of CO2.At DLR's Electrochemical Energy Technology department, we are a team of around 80 dedicated employees researching a broad spectrum of technologies for future energy scenarios. This includes, but is not limited to, fuel cells, high-temperature electrolysis, and batteries. In the green deal project called ECO2Fuel our work focuses on the direct conversionof CO2 via a single step electrochemical reduction into higher-value products such as ethylene or ethanol. This method promises a future of reduced dependence on fossil fuels and a significant contribution to combating climate change.

In our group we delve into the fundamental relationships between catalyst/electrode properties and their electrochemical performance in CO2 reduction. Key parameters here are activity, selectivity, and stability. The department utilizes various techniques to produce and test membrane-electrode assemblies, both in-house and with project partners. The focus is on the physical and electrochemical characterization of these assemblies, with testing conducted under realistic conditions using our single-cell experimental test rig.

We are seeking a passionate and motivated post-doctoral researcher to join our team. Your role will include:

  • production and synthesis of membrane-electrode assemblies and nanoparticulate catalyst concepts
  • electrochemical and physical characterization of materials
  • optimizing and operating the single-cell test rig with downstream analytics
  • documenting, evaluating, and publishing research findings
  • additionally, your work will contribute to understanding and enhancing the efficiency of electrochemical systems, particularly in CO2 reduction. This 
    involves addressing challenges like electrolyte flooding mitigation, suppression of the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER), and optimization of the catalyst layer
  • you will be instrumental in developing protocols for testing and analyzing both liquid and gaseous products produced during reactions, and in situ Raman spectroscopy will be used to gain insights into the intermediates formed

If you are passionate about advancing electrochemical systems and meet the qualifications, we would be delighted to receive your application.

Please apply here: DLR-DAAD Research Fellowship Programme - DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst

Further information and current vacancies: DLR Current offers - DAAD

What we expect from you:

  • PhD in electrochemistry
  • strong knowledge in process engineering and chemical engineering
  • ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment
  • creativity and independent thinking
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • English competence: See requirements on www.daad.de/dlr

What we offer:

DLR stands for diversity, appreciation and equality for all people. We promote independent work and the individual development of our employees both personally and professionally. To this end, we offer numerous training and development opportunities. Equal opportunities are of particular importance to us, which is why we want to increase the proportion of women in science and management in particular. Applicants with severe disabilities will be given preference if they are qualified.

Further information:

Starting date: As soon as possible 

Type of employment: Full-time


Faria Huq

E-Mail: huq.faria@dlr.de

DLR - Helmholtz / Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt

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Location: Germany, Stuttgart, Baden Württemberg
Categories: Chemical Engineering, Electrochemistry, PhD, Process Engineering,


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