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Reference number: Electrocatalytic Interface Engineering

Master Thesis "Development of a High-Troughput Test Bench for Water Electrolysis"

Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Mechanical Engineering (or similar disciplines)

Your Task

Power-to-X strategies, such as water electrolysis, are essential building blocks of a sustainable and CO2-neutral future. For further technology development, an in-depth understanding of the processes occurring during the operation phase of these systems is crucial. In particular for industrial application long term stability and an understanding of degradation mechanisms is of great interest. As part of our interdisciplinary research team, you will be working on the development of a high-throughput test bench for water electrolyzers. The test bench will allow a simultaneous characterization of multiple membrane-electrode assemblies (the heart of the electrolyzer) under different operation conditions and on various time-scales.
In the initial phase of your work in our research group you will be introduced to the electrochemical characterization of electrolyzers on a commercial test system. Your master thesis then will mainly focus on the design of a suitable and user-friendly control system of our high-throughput test bench. Besides, you will be involved assembly and commissioning of the test setup. The start of your project is as soon as possible. It is also possible to start your work at our institute as a student researcher (HiWi).

Your Profile

You are interested in hydrogen technologies and in working on a sustainable future. With your technical mindset, you are a creative problem solver. You are motivated to learn and work well in teams, as well as individually. In an ideal case you have already gained experience in programming (LabView®, C, Python, …) and / or test-setup design.

We offer

As a newly founded institute, we combine a creative and flexible research environment, with the backbone of the biggest German research society: the Helmholtz Association. You will find outstanding working conditions in a young, international and interdisciplinary team, with a high degree of freedom for your own ideas. Further information about the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energy, as well as our Research Department Electrocatalytic Interface Engineering can be found online: www.hi-ern.de.

Please send your applications to:

Markus Bierling
Electrocatalytic Interface Engineering Research Department
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energy
Egerlandstr. 3, D-91058 Erlangen
phone: +49 9131-85-27478, e-mail: m.bierling@fz-juelich.de

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