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Reference number: Electrocatalysis/Electrosynthesis

Master Thesis “Electrochemical conversion of CO2 to fuels and chemicals”

We are welcoming applications from enthusiastic students to work on the electrochemical conversion of carbon dioxide to fuels and chemicals on copper and silver-based catalysts. Target product molecules are carbon monoxide (CO) and ethylene (C2H4), which are the most attractive from a large-scale application viewpoint due to large market and high price. CO is a key building block for the chemical industry which, mixed with hydrogen (syngas), is converted to chemicals via the Fischer-Tropsch process. C2H4 is also of great industrial importance, mostly used for polyethylene production. Considering the market sizes both chemicals represent economies in the range of 200 billion euros every year.

With your help, we are looking for more active and selective catalysts than the state-of-the-art silver and copper electrodes, for CO and C2H4 respectively. For this purpose, we developed our own research methods which are coupled to different analytical instruments.

Your profile:

  • Motivation in developing modern, renewable energy technologies
  • Some previous interaction with electrochemistry and/or analytical techniques (GC, GC-MS, HPLC, Ion Chromatography) is preferable but not essential
  • Self-motivated and reliable work within our interdisciplinary Team Electrosynthesis


Please send a short letter with your CV and optionally other supporting documents to Dr Ioannis Katsounaros, Head of Team Electrosynthesis (Electrocatalysis Unit, Prof. K. J. J. Mayrhofer). The position is available from August 2019. We are located at Egerlandstraße 3.

For more information on our research visit the Team Electrosynthesis page

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