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PhD fellowship in nanomaterials - new concepts in the development of highly active electrocatalysts for PEM electrolysers

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About This PhD Project

Project Description


One PhD fellowship in nanomaterials research related to energy technology is available at the Department of Materials Technology and Science and Department of Chemical Engineering.

The project with which the fellowship is associated will pursue new concepts in the development of highly active electrocatalysts for PEM electrolysers, which can lead to a potential 75% reduction of the use of platinum group metals compared to the state of the art PEM electrolysers. The project also encompasses fundamental studies of the relationship between synthesis, structure and electrochemical performance of these catalysts in order to further improve the theoretical understanding of the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) electrocatalysis and to form a basis for rational design of new catalysts for the OER in acid
media. The oxygen evolution reaction is the anode reaction in electrowinning of metals and in water electrolysis for hydrogen production, and is thus one of the most important reactions in industrial electrochemistry and electrochemical storage technologies for renewable energy.

The PhD candidate’s assignments will include synthesis of novel architectures and compositions of oxide-based, nano-sized electrocatalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction, as well as structural and electrochemical characterization of these catalysts. The project is a joint project between NTNU and SINTEF, the largest independent research organisation in Scandinavia ( The PhD candidate will be expected to collaborate closely with research scientists in SINTEF.

The candidate should hold a university degree (Master of Science or equivalent) in electrochemistry, materials science and engineering, materials chemistry or physics, or the equivalent. Background and experience in electrochemistry, synthesis of catalysts, and experience in methods for materials characterization such as electron microscopy and XRD are desired. We search for a person that is creative, innovative and can work independently. The applicant should have good communication skills and be willing to collaborate with other researchers in the cross-disciplinary group of people connected to this project. Parts of the work will be performed at our collaborating institutions in Denmark and the US.

Detailed information on our PhD programs is found at:

The regulations for PhD programs at NTNU state that the applicant must have a master degree or equivalent with at least 5 years of studies and an average grade of A or B within a scale of A-E for passing grades (A best) and C or better on the BSc. Candidates from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a Diploma Supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree:

Applicants must agree to participate in organized doctoral study programs within the period of the appointment. A contract will be drawn up regarding the period of appointment and work related duties.

The appointment of the PhD will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees. All applicants must be able to communicate fluently in English (in speaking and writing). PhD scholarship recipients are employed for three years in the position. The position as PhD research fellow/post doctor is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution.

For more information about the position please contact: Professor Svein Sunde, phone +47 7359 4051, e-mail: [Email Address Removed]

Information about the department and the research group can be found online at: and

The application should contain:
• CV including certificates from Bachelor and Master as well as Reference letters.
• List of publications with bibliographical references.
• Documentation of English language proficiency (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) if English or a Scandinavian language is not the applicant's mother tongue.
• A statement on when the applicant can start in the position if selected.

Applications must be submitted electronically through Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.
Mark the application with NT-02/16.

Application deadline is February 15, 2016

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