Decarbonization of our energy economy is paramount to combat climate change. Large scale energy storage must be deployed at a global scale to enable widespread integration of renewable energy technologies (e.g. solar and wind power) and secure grid stability. Redox flow batteries are a class of rechargeable electrochemical devices that are suited for storing megawatt-hours of electrical energy for multiple hours. However, current flow batteries are hampered by technical and economic challenges which motivates the exploration of new chemistries and reactor formats to enable transformative improvements. Specifically, engineering the electrode microstructure and surface properties is a powerful approach to enhance the performance, cost, and durability of the system. However, to date there is limited knowledge on how to deterministically design porous electrodes which results in a reduced choice of electrode materials, mostly limited to fibrous based substrates which fundamentally limit the performance of redox flow batteries. Thus, there is an urgent need to develop highly engineered electrode materials using versatile and scalable manufacturing techniques to unlock new electrochemical systems.
ULTRAPEAR (Pushing the limits of redox flow battery power density through novel porous electrode architectures) will develop the fundamental guiding principles for the large-scale synthesis of porous electrode materials using a combination of novel methods grounded on polymer science and engineering. We hypothesize that optimizing an electrode microstructure will require sophisticated control of pore sizes across multiple length scales to facilitate mass transport (convection, diffusion, and migration), while providing high surface area at specific locations of the reactor. Our objective is to answer the question how far can we push the power density of redox flow batteries through electrode engineering?
An interview and a scientific presentation are part of the selection procedure.
Candidates possessing both suitable experience and qualifications are invited to apply.
For information about this position, please contact dr. Antoni Forner-Cuenca
For information concerning employment conditions, click here or contact ms. P.J. van de Weijer (Sandra), HR-advisor, p.j.v.d.weijer[at]tue.nl
Further information about the research lab on electrochemical porous materials and interfaces, see www.fornercuencaresearch.com. More information about the chair on Membrane Materials and Processes can be found at www.tue.nl/mmp and more information about Eindhoven University of Technology and the department of Chemical Engineering & Chemistry is available at www.tue.nl.
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