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Master Thesis “Paving the way to nonaqueous electrocatalysis”

Electrocatalysis is almost exclusively carried out in aqueous media. Therefore, our understanding for fundamental nonaqueous reactions is very limited. Reactions even with very simple molecules like hydrogen or carbon monoxide have been rarely studied. Most of our knowledge of electrocatalysis is related to water and its double role as solvent and reagent. To be able to better understand the role of the electrochemical double layer on reactions or to “separate” the solvent and reagent properties of water and with that also contribute with further insights into aqueous electrocatalysis, it is very important to carry out experiments with the control over water.

In the team “Nonaqueous Electrochemistry” several experimental procedures have been developed and built up in the last years to probe electrocatalysis in water free electrolytes. If you want to work with internationally unique experimental tools, learn to operate a glovebox, carefully prepare your cells and electrolytes, beginning with their cleaning procedures, like distillation in a glovebox and learn about different mass spectrometric analysis methods, you found the right place for your thesis. During the thesis you will focus on mechanistic details of electrochemical reactions in organic media that will help to advance the field of electrochemical synthesis and energy storage.

We offer...

... an excellent, international and interdisciplinary working environment with exciting research problems. Flexibility to shape the topic of the master’s thesis to the interests and qualifications of the applicants.

We are looking for...

... motivated students with excellent grades in the fields of chemistry, chemical engineering, material science or physics, who like to work in international teams. Basic knowledge in electrochemistry is preferable, but not essential.

Are you interested?

Please write a short mail with a CV and your transcript of records attached to:

J. Ranninger
Johanna Ranninger
PhD Student
Phone: +49 9131 85-67514
email: j.ranninger@fz-juelich.de

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