Predoctoral Researcher Position at IMDEA Energy to work on
“Development of innovative anodes for energy-efficient electro-oxidation of contaminants in wastewater”
The IMDEA Energy Institute is a María de Maeztu Unit of Excellence with the mission of developing world-class R&D in the field of clean and renewable energy technologies. The Institute aims at contributing to the establishment of a sustainable energy system with a high degree of decarbonisation, economically competitive and securing energy supply (www.energy.imdea.org).
The Electrochemical Processes Unit of IMDEA Energía is performing research and development of high-efficiency electrochemical energy storage devices, mainly for coupling them with renewable energy sources and for sustainable transport.
IMDEA Energía is opening a position for a Predoctoral Researcher to work on “Development of innovative anodes for energy-efficient electro-oxidation of contaminants in wastewater”, with the following characteristics:
- Synthesis and characterization of redox-active metal oxides.
- Manufacturing of anodes containing conductive substrates and electroactive materials.
- Electrochemical characterization of anodes.
- Assembly and electrochemical testing of cells based on electro-oxidation anodes.
- Evaluation of cell performance regarding contaminants degradation.
- Dissemination and publication of research results in scientific journals.
Your qualification, experience and skills
- Master degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering or similar.
- Fluent oral and written communication skills inEnglish.
Moreover, the following aspects will be positively evaluated:
- Training / experience in an international environment.
- Experience or specific training in electrochemistry.
- Experience or specific training in materials synthesis and characterization.
Location: Móstoles, Madrid, Spain.
Remuneration:19000-21000 € annual gross salary.
Duration: One-year appointment with annual renewals.
Reference: 21.11 EQ3 PRE
Applicants should send their CV and Complete Academic Record including marks obtained in Bachelor and Master studies before 25th of March 2021 to the following address:
Subject: Reference 21.11 EQ3 PRE
There is a growing interest in the development of organic materials with redox activity to be used in batteries. The main objective is to replace the inorganic materials currently present in the electrodes since, in many cases, they contain toxic elements, scarce and very unsustainable, such as cobalt. Organic materials, on the other hand, are composed of very abundant elements (CHON) and are much more sustainable and easy to recycle. At IMDEA Energía we are working on the synthesis of organic polymers with redox properties that can compete in performance with current materials. In one of our latest works*, in collaboration with the University of the Basque Country and the University of Liège (Belgium), we have developed a new polymer that combines catechol and pyridine redox units. This combination of functional groups causes the redox potential of the material to shift towards positive potentials, giving rise to higher voltage batteries. In addition, the morphology of the material, in the form of nanoparticles of different sizes, is investigated, showing that nanostructuring in the form of nanoparticles provides a faster response to batteries.
(*) Proton trap effect on catechol-pyridine redox polymer nanoparticles as organic electrodes for lithium batteries Gallastegui, A., Minudri, D., Casado, N., Goujon, N., Ruipérez, F., Patil, N., Detrembleur, C., Marcilla, R., Mecerreyes, D. (2020) Sustainable Energy and Fuels, 4 (8), pp. 3934-3942. DOI: 10.1039/d0se00531b