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PhD on Materials in heat batteries – Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, 2022

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PhD position on Materials in heat batteries: the impact of multiple (de)hydration transitions at Department of Applied Physics, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, 2022

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General Info

Deadline to Apply: Expired
Position: PhD position
No. of Positions: 1
Eligibility (Gender):
Eligibile Nationals: All Nationals
Research Field: ,
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 4 Years

Department of Applied Physics and Science Education

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), the Netherlands

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Qualification Details

  • Do you have a MSc degree in physics or physical-chemistry?
  • Do you have experience with non-standard and advanced experimental techniques?
  • Do you have good programming skills (Matlab, C, C++)?
  • Do you dream of contributing to the energy transition?
  • Do you want to connect challenging science to the dynamic environment of a start-up?

If so, you are the right candidate for this position.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Heat batteries / Fifty percent of our daily energy usage is in the form of thermal energy.  In view of the energy challenges ahead of us, compact heat storage offers opportunities to bridge the mismatch between supply and demand of energy. Inorganic crystal hydrates have the potential to be used as storage media in heat batteries. Discharge happens via hydration reactions involving a phase transition of the crystal lattice due to water incorporation.

Challenge / A heat battery consists of a packed bed of millimeter-sized salt hydrate tablets. The challenge is to stabilize beds of these tablets as they significantly swell over multiple hydration-dehydration cycles.

Project aim and description / That salt hydrate particles irreversibly swell over multiple hydration/dehydration cycles is known. However, the physics of this process is poorly understood. This lack of understanding hampers the progress in finding solutions for this problem. It will be your task to elucidate the physical mechanisms of swelling via experimenting, to identify dopants that reduce the swelling, and to model the processes. In your work you will couple atomistic scale processes at crystal surfaces with potential consequences on the swelling behavior of millimeter sized salt particles. Techniques like EIS (Impedance Spectroscopy), TGA-DSC and NMR-relaxometry will be at the heart of your activities.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: V34.5700

Application Procedure

  • cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • curriculum vitae, including a statement of research interests
  • and the contact information of three references.

We look forward to your application and will screen your application as soon as possible. The vacancy will remain open until the position is filled.

We do not respond to applications that are sent to us in a different way.

Please keep in mind you can upload only 5 documents up to 2 MB each. If necessary please combine files.

About the

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About the Employer: Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), the Netherlands

Note or Other details

  • A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the possibility to present your work at international conferences.
  • A full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months.
  • To develop your teaching skills, you will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
  • To support you during your PhD and to prepare you for the rest of your career, you will make a Training and Supervision plan and you will have free access to a personal development program for PhD students (PROOF program).
  • A gross monthly salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary.
  • Should you come from abroad and comply with certain conditions, you can make use of the so-called ‘30% facility’, which permits you not to pay tax on 30% of your salary.
  • A broad package of fringe benefits, including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes.
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.

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Contact details

Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contactdr. H.P. Huinink (h.p.huinink[at]tue.nl, https://www.tue.nl/en/research/researchers/henk-huinink , +31 40 2475375).

For information about terms of employment, click here or contact HRServices.Flux[at]tue.nl.

Please visit www.tue.nl/jobs to find out more about working at TU/e!

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