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POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER. Development os Solar Rechargeable Redox Flow Batteries.

IMDEA EnergyPresentation on Horizon Europe by the European Commission - EFMC

OFFER DESCRIPTION

The IMDEA Energy Institute is a Maria de Maeztu Center 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).

IMDEA Energía is opening a Postdoctoral Scientist Position for the Electrochemical Processes Unit associated to a European project (Call: H2020-FETPROACT-2020-2) lead by Dr. Rebeca Marcilla. This project, entitled “Multi-Electron Processes for Light Driven Electrodes and Electrolytes in Conversion and Storage of Solar Energy”, merges solar-powered energy storage with multi-charge transfer capability. This open Postdoctoral Position will be dedicated to the Development of Solar Rechargeable Redox Flow Batteries, a new type of devices that integrate solar energy conversion and electrochemical storage.

 

POSITION AVAILABLE  

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER. Development os Solar Rechargeable Redox Flow Batteries.

Your tasks:

- The candidates will conduct independent research as well as in collaboration with other members of the group and/or the project. R&D on Photoelectrochemistry and Electrochemical Energy Storage.
- Development of photoelectrodes and redox electrolytes and their characterization.
- Design of photoelectrochemical cells for solar redox flow batteries.
- Establishing a suitable characterization procedure and experimental setup for the complete characterization of solar batteries under illumination conditions.
- Understand the main aspects of interfaces between the photoelectrode and the redox electrolyte under illumination.
- Dissemination and publication of research results in scientific journals.
- Supervision of PhD, Master and undergraduate students.

Required Qualifications and skills

-Ph.D. degree in Electrochemistry, Materials, Chemistry, Physics, Chemical Engineering or similar.
- At least 1 year of experience as postdoctoral researcher.
- R&D experience on Electrochemistry and/or Photoelectrochemistry.
- Hands-on experience on batteries or photoelectrochemical cells.
- Knowledge on redox flow batteries is desired.
- Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.

Specific Requirements

- The candidates will conduct independent research as well as in collaboration with other members of the group and/or the project.
- R&D on Photoelectrochemistry and Electrochemical Energy Storage.
- Development of photoelectrodes and redox electrolytes and their characterization.
- Design of photoelectrochemical cells for solar redox flow batteries.
- Establishing a suitable characterization procedure and experimental setup for the complete characterization of solar batteries under illumination conditions.
- Understand the main aspects of interfaces between the photoelectrode and the redox electrolyte under illumination.
- Dissemination and publication of research results in scientific journals.
- Supervision of PhD, Master and undergraduate students.

We offer:
• To join the Electrochemical Processes Unit & the Photoactivated Processes Unit of IMDEA Energy formed by a talented group of researchers with excellent infrastructures.
• Further continuing education, which includes a variety of training modules as well as transferable skills courses and active participation in workshops and conferences.

Salary
Between 35.000-38.000 annual gross salary per year, depending upon cualification and expertise.

Duration:
The position is available immediately and is a one-year appointment with annual renewals depending on performance.

Deadline: Applicants should send their Curriculum Vitae (publications listincluded) by December 15st 2020 before15:00h to the following address:


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Subject: Reference20.45 EQ7 POD
www.energy.imdea.org

New PhD opportunities through INPhINIT Fellowships funded by La Caixa

Inphinit
The ECPU of IMDEA Energy offers a PhD project in the framework of the INPhINIT Fellowships funded by La Caixa. This program offers 35 fellowships for early-stage researchers of any nationality to pursue their PhD studies in research centres accredited with the Spanish Seal of Excellence Severo Ochoa, María de Maeztu or Health Institute Carlos III and Portuguese units accredited as “excellent” or “exceptional” according to the evaluation of the Fundação de Ciência e Tecnologia. 
 

POSITION AVAILABLE  

PhD fellowship "la Caixa INPHINIT" in Emerging Contaminant Removal by Energy-Efficient Electrochemical Processes


RESEARCH PROJECT
The occurrence, distribution and environmental risk of emerging pollutants in water is attracting the attention of the scientific community, especially in the Mediterranean area where the economy is strongly linked to a clean and safe environment. The main goal of this project is to develop cost-effective, sustainable and innovative electrode materials along with the design an electrochemical cell that allow for the capture, separation and/or degradation, microplastics and organic pollutants (MOP) from water treatment plants.
This proposal will be focused on developing innovative electrodes as an easy-to-scale platform for capturing and removing MOP species with low energy consumption. The project includes an evaluation of the most suitable electrode shapes according to the cell design.

The new electrodes will be used to capture the MOP by electrochemical adsorption. The electric potential can be here used to tune the adsorption and desorption behavior of activated carbon electrodes. This treatment option will focus on the electroadsorption of the pollutants from the feed stream and the electrodischarge/desorption of the pollutants in a secondary stream, so that pollutants will not be degraded but separated from the feed stream. Alternatively, when the electric potential is sufficiently increased, partial or total oxidation of the adsorbed pollutants can occur completing the mineralization of the MOP.

RESEARCH GROUP DESCRIPTION
The Electrochemical Processes Unit (ECPU) of IMDEA Energy has a background of 12 years on developing different kinds of electrode materials for electrochemical energy storage and environmental applications. ECPU capacities include the design of materials, components, cells and stack reactors; manufacturing of prototypes laboratory and pilot prototypes using 3D design and printing techniques; characterization of materials; testing of cells and stacks; and engineering of full processes integrating the electrochemical reactors. These capacities are covering technology readiness levels from TRL 1 to 5.

JOB POSITION DESCRIPTION
The Institute IMDEA Energy is a Research Centre created by the Regional Government of “Comunidad de Madrid” to develop world-class R&D on clean and renewable energy. The aim of the Institute is to make a significant impact in all energy-related research topics by bringing together high quality researchers, providing them with excellent infrastructures and resources and promoting their close collaboration with the industrial sector. The Electrochemical Processes Unit of IMDEA Energy is a multicultural working group composed by a team of more than 20 people from different nationalities, using English as the main working language.
The Electrochemical Processes Unit of IMDEA Energy is opening a PhD position with the following characteristics:

Your tasks:
• Preparation of innovative electrodes with different structures.
• Assembling electrochemical reactors from small laboratory cells to pilot prototypes.
• Electrochemical characterization of materials, components, cells and reactors.
• Evaluation of MOP removal capacity and energy consumption of prototypes under different operational modes.

Your Qualification, Experience and Skills:
• Compulsory:
- Being in possession of an official Degree in Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering or equivalent, having less than 4 years in possession of this official degree.
- Knowledge in electrochemistry.
- Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.

• Recommended:
- Being in possession of an official Master Degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Energy Engineering, Materials Engineering or equivalent.
- Knowledge and experience in materials characterization.
- Experience on analytical techniques.

We offer:
• The principles of the European Charter for Researchers and of the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers will be applied in the evaluation and selection procedure.
• A personalized carrier plan will be created for the selected candidate, including training and mobility activities. Specifically, a research stay for at least 3 months in a prestigious foreign center will be programmed.

What is funded:
Three annual payments of €34,800 each. Where applicable, the amounts corresponding to the Social Security contributions payable by the employer (in this case, the host institution), as well as any other compulsory fee, whether current or that may be provided for in a future legal framework, will be deducted from the yearly gross amount of €34,800 to be received by the fellow, plus €3.564 per year for additional costs (conferences, courses, etc.). An additional prize of €7.500 is paid upon completion of the PhD.
Duration: 3 years
Mobility: Candidates cannot have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than twelve months in the three years immediately prior to the deadline for applications.
Application and documentation: Candidates must apply using the online application platform available in the “Fellowships” section on the ”la Caixa” Foundation website. The application must be completed entirely in English.

https://fundacionlacaixa.org/en/la-caixa-foundation-doctoral-inphinit-fellowships-incoming

Deadline: 4 February 2021 at 2 pm (Central European Time - CET). 

For more information, please contact Julio J. Lado (julio.ladoThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Jesús Palma (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 

New PhD opportunities through INPhINIT Fellowships funded by La Caixa (2)

Inphinit
The ECPU of IMDEA Energy offers a PhD projects in the framework of the INPhINIT Fellowships funded by La Caixa. This program offers 35 fellowships for early-stage researchers of any nationality to pursue their PhD studies in research centres accredited with the Spanish Seal of Excellence Severo Ochoa, María de Maeztu or Health Institute Carlos III and Portuguese units accredited as “excellent” or “exceptional” according to the evaluation of the Fundação de Ciência e Tecnologia. 
 

POSITION AVAILABLE  

PhD fellowship "la Caixa INPHINIT" in Development of Solar Redox Flow Batteries


RESEARCH PROJECT
Solar Flow Batteries (SFBs) are a new type of devices that integrate solar energy conversion and electrochemical storage. The operation principle of SFBs is built on the working mechanism of RFBs and photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells. In SFBs, the solar energy absorbed by photoelectrodes is converted into chemical energy by charging up redox couples dissolved in electrolyte solutions in contact with the photoelectrodes. To deliver electricity on demand, the reverse redox reactions are carried out to release chemical energy stored in redox couples as one would do in the discharge of a normal redox flow battery (RFB). Well-designed, SFBs could represent a more cost-effective, efficient, and compact approach for stand-alone off-grid electrification, such as solar home systems in remote or rural areas.
This research project will address the following interconnected aspects: (1) Developing compatible and energy level matching photoelectrode materials and redox electrolytes to maximize the photocharging efficiency (i.e. solar-to-chemical efficiency, STC%), (2) full characterization of redox couples and photoelectrodes, (3) understand the fundamental aspects of interfaces between the photoelectrode and the redox electrolyte under illumination, and (4) design and testing of SFB devices.

RESEARCH GROUP DESCRIPTION
This project is envisaged as a joint endeavor between two research units of IMDEA Energy; the Electrochemical Processes Unit with a proven experience on the development of RFB, and the Photoactivated Processes Unit with a strong background on Photo and Photo-electrochemical processes. In particular, both supervisors hold ongoing ERC-Consolidator Grants on Redox Flow Battteries (MFreeB / R.Marcilla) and Photoreduction processes (HyMAP / V. de la Peña O’Shea). This PhD project will take advantage of the solid background of both groups and will gather together the most recent achievements in RFB and photoelectrode to make a big contribution in the nascent field of Solar Flow Batteries

JOB POSITION DESCRIPTION
The main objective of this PhD project is the development of efficient Solar Redox Flow Batteries able to be charged with solar light by means of photoelectrodes which absorb the incident solar energy and transfer the generated electrons to charge up redox couples in the electrolytes. The development of compatible photoelectrodes and redox electrolytes and the design and testing of SFBs will be key activities of this PhD project.

Your tasks:
• Synthesis and physicochemical characterization of semiconductor materials based on oxides, mixed oxides and inorganic/organic hybrid materials.
• To develop transparent photoelectrodes based on previously synthesized materials.
• Formulation and electrochemical characterization of redox electrolytes based on organic and organometallic redox pairs.
• Determination of photocharging efficiency of developed photoelectrode/redox electrolyte pairs.
• Design of solar flow battery (SFB) devices by employing 3D design&fabrication tools.
• Characterization of (photo)/electrochemical performance of SFBs under illumination conditions.
• To actively participate within the research group, communicating and presenting research at meetings and workshops.
• To contribute to research publications and presentations as required.
• To analyze and communicate complex ideas, concepts and data using appropriate methods.
• To generate research output and contribute to the development of independent and original ideas.

Requirements:
• Bachelor Degree on Chemistry, Physics, Material Science, Chemical Engineering or similar.
• A Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry, Physics, Material Science, Chemical Engineering or similar.
• Expertise in electrochemistry and/or photo electrochemistry is desired.
• Knowledge on redox flow batteries is desired.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills in English

We offer:
• To join the Electrochemical Processes Unit & the Photoactivated Processes Unit of IMDEA Energy formed by a talented group of researchers with excellent infrastructures.
• Further continuing education, which includes a variety of training modules as well as transferable skills courses and active participation in workshops and conferences.
• Short secondments in prestigious interactional research institutions (3-6 moths).

What is funded:
Three annual payments of €34,800 each. Where applicable, the amounts corresponding to the Social Security contributions payable by the employer (in this case, the host institution), as well as any other compulsory fee, whether current or that may be provided for in a future legal framework, will be deducted from the yearly gross amount of €34,800 to be received by the fellow, plus €3.564 per year for additional costs (conferences, courses, etc.). An additional prize of €7.500 is paid upon completion of the PhD.

Duration: 3 years
Mobility: Candidates cannot have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than twelve months in the three years immediately prior to the deadline for applications.
Application and documentation: Candidates must apply using the online application platform available in the “Fellowships” section on the ”la Caixa” Foundation website. The application must be completed entirely in English.

https://fundacionlacaixa.org/en/la-caixa-foundation-doctoral-inphinit-fellowships-incoming

Deadline: 4 February 2021 at 2 pm (Central European Time - CET)..
For more information, please contact Rebeca Marcilla (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Víctor de la Peña O’Shea (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
https://finder.lacaixafellowships.org/finder?position=4506
https://www.energia.imdea.org/research_units/
http://hymap.eu/

Nueva Oferta de Contrato para Investigador Predoctoral FPI - “New Concepts for Electromobility”

LOGO MARIA DE MAEZTU2

 
CONTRATO PREDOCTORAL FPI
Asociado al proyecto del Programa Maria de Maeztu
2020 “New concepts for electromobility”
Ref. proyecto: CEX2019-000931-M-20-2.

 El Instituto IMDEA Energía es un centro de investigación creado por el Gobierno Regional de la Comunidad de Madrid para desarrollar actividades de I+D de excelencia en tecnologías energéticas limpias y renovables. El programa científico de IMDEA Energía tiene como principal línea de actuación contribuir al futuro desarrollo y establecimiento de un sistema energético sostenible con un elevado grado de descarbonización, económicamente competitivo y en el que se garantice la seguridad de suministro. 

El Instituto IMDEA Energía ha obtenido la acreditación de Excelencia María de Maeztu que concede la Agencia Estatal de Investigación y que reconoce el liderazgo científico internacional de IMDEA Energía en el ámbito de las energías renovables y las tecnologías energéticas limpias y sus capacidades para contribuir a avanzar en la frontera del conocimiento, generar resultados de alto impacto y atraer talento internacional.

El objetivo general del proyecto de investigación se basa en el diseño de nuevos materiales híbrido orgánico-inorgánico tipo MOF (por sus siglas en inglés Metal-Organic Frameworks) con aplicación en baterías. Este tipo de materiales están compuestos por unidades inorgánicas conectadas entre sí por ligandos orgánicos polidentados perfectamente ordenados en una estructura cristalina. Recientemente, algunos de estos MOFs han mostrado propiedades conductoras muy prometedoras. En este proyecto se pretende diseñar MOFs “a medida” con propiedades electroquímicas adecuadas para ser utilizados como electrodos en baterías avanzadas con altas prestaciones.

Puedes consultar toda la información de esta oferta en el siguiente enlace:

https://www.energia.imdea.org/sites/default/files/pdf/Ofertas%20empleo/2020/20.28_MDM2_PRE_New_concepts_of_mobility.pdf

1st Workshop & Progress Meeting of POLYSTORAGE-ETN Project

Poster

The first online Workshop of the MSCA ITN-ETN POLYSTORAGE organized by the University of the Basque Country (Spain) and co-organized by the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena (Germany) was held the 1st of October. The POLYSTORAGE project involves the production of highly innovative polymeric electrolytes and active polymeric materials for advanced post-lithium batteries and benefits of different beneficiaries (12 incl. 2 companies) and 11 associated entities (incl. 9 companies). IMDEA Energy participates in the consortium training two Early Stage Researchers in the development of redox active polymers for different battery technology.

This event started by a trainer workshop for early stage researchers (PhD candidates) within the ITN network about “Safeguarding good scientific practice & gender awareness". Second part of the workshop was an open to public scientific lecture session about “Polymers & Batteries” with prominent speakers listed below:

• Polymer batteries - Ulrich S. Schubert, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
• Conjugated redox polymers - Rebeca Marcilla, IMDEA Energy
• High output synthesis - Michael Schneider, Chemspeed Technologies AG, Switzerland
• UV-photopolymerization - Jijeesh R Nair Politecnico di Torino
• Block copolymers - Irune Villaluenga, University of the Basque Country
• New polymer electrolytes - David Mecerreyes, University of the Basque Country, Spain

More than 100 researchers attended the event!
Among the speakers, Rebeca Marcilla Senior Researcher from ECPU Unit presented quite interesting results about conjugated redox polymers applied as electrode materials. The presentation included results recently achieved in the field of the synthesis and application of antraquinone-based polymers in half-cell configuration.

References:
New Anthraquinone‐Based Conjugated Microporous Polymer Cathode with Ultrahigh Specific Surface Area for High‐Performance Lithium‐Ion Batteries A. Molina, A.; Patil, N.; Ventosa, E.; Liras, M.; Palma, J.; Marcilla, R. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2020, 30 (6), 1908074

Electrode Engineering of Redox-Active Conjugated Microporous Polymers for Ultra-High Areal Capacity Organic Batteries; A. Molina, N. Patil, E. Ventosa, M. Liras, J. Palma, and R. Marcilla, ACS Energy Letters 2020 5 (9), 2945-2953