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Postdoctoral Researcher Job – Gas Phase ELEctrocatalysis For Methane VAlorizaTION, Netherlands 2022

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University of Twente (UT) invites applications for a Postdoctoral position is part of a cross-border initiative between the Netherlands and Germany in the field of ElectroChemical Conversion and Materials (ECCM), Faculty of Applied Sciences and the MESA, Institute for Nanotechnology, The Netherlands – Feb 2022

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General Info

Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
No. of Positions: 1
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Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 12 Months
Salary: 3.420 EURO/Month

Faculty of Science & Technology
Photocatalytic Synthesis group (PCS)
University of Twente (UT), the Netherlands


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Qualification Details

Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in chemistry, material science, physics, engineering or equivalent field
  • Experience in electrocatalysis
  • Experience in infra-red spectroscopy

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise with one or more relevant domains of: materials synthesis, heterogeneous catalysis, structural characterization techniques, time-resolved spectroscopy, mechanistic/kinetic studie
  • Experience with taking projects from “0 to 1”
  • Strong English communication skills
  • Passion for sustainable energy technologies

Responsibilities/Job Description

This postdoc project is part of a cross-border initiative between the Netherlands and Germany in the field of ElectroChemical Conversion and Materials (ECCM) and involves researchers from the University of Twente (UT), the Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research (DIFFER), RWTH Aachen, and FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, and industrial partners VSparticle and Fumatech.

The project, on “Gas phase ELEctrocatalysis for methane VAlorizaTION” (ELEVATION), will explore the conversion of methane towards C2+-products or methanol using gas-phase electrocatalysis. The main goal is to uncover the role of water vapor as precursor to anodically generate active oxygen species for tuning the efficiency and selectivity of methane conversion. This will be studied via gas-phase polymeric electrolyte membrane (PEM) electrolysis, using humid methane as feedstock.

As a postdoctoral researcher, you will fabricate membrane-electrode assemblies based on polymeric electrolyte membranes and earth abundant transition metal oxides. You will utilize them in a gas-phase electrolyzer. You will investigate the effect of the proton exchange membrane ionomer, with focus on operational parameters such as relative humidity and temperature. You will perform kinetic studies using time-resolved FT-IR spectro-electrochemistry


  • Fabricate porous metal oxides & membrane-electrode assemblies (MEAs)
  • Characterize MEAs (XRD, XPS, SEM)
  • Investigate the reaction kinetics by in-situ FT-IR
  • Work closely with the consortium via short research stays to utilize SECM at RWTH Aachen and TPD techniques at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Study the performance of MEAs via product analysis (GC, MS)
  • Update the consortium on the scientific results and project progress on a regular basis and represent the team at conferences

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About the Faculty

You will perform research within the Photocatalytic Synthesis group (PCS), which is part of the Faculty of Applied Sciences and the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology. The PCS group h as a dynamic, multidisciplinary and international character, and outstanding infrastructure. The focus of the research program is on the conversion of solar or electrical energy into chemical energy to drive thermodynamically uphill reactions such as water splitting or reduction of carbon dioxide.

TNW Faculty (Faculty of Science & Technology)

Our faculty focuses on three domains, namely Chemistry, Health, and Physics. We are the home base for the research institutes TechMed, MESA+, the Techno Centre for Education and Research (TCO), and the Twente Graduate School (TGS). TNW offers six Bachelor's and seven Master's programs in Health Sciences, Nanotechnology, (Applied) Physics, Chemistry, and Technical Medicine. Over 850 colleagues and 2,700 students are active within the faculty of Science & Technology.

About the Employer:


You will be appointed on a fulltime position for 12 months with possible extension. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in a stimulating scientific environment. The post-doc salary is between € 3.420,- and € 4.490,- gross per month depending on experience and qualifications. The offer further involves: a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%, a solid pension scheme, a minimum of 29-day holidays, and numerous professional and personal development programs.

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Contact details

For further information on the group and related projects, please feel free contact the project PIs, Dr. Marco Altomare ([email protected]) and Dr. Georgios Katsoukis ([email protected]).

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