PhD-Student in Carbon Nanotube-based Flexible Electrodes for Energy Harvesting and Storage

The Professorship of Energy Technology at ETH Zurich comprises around 10 interdisciplinary researchers. As the name of its laboratory – Nanoscience for Energy Technology & Sustainability – represents, research of the group pertains to science and engineering at nanoscale for applications in energy and clean technologies. It is a research program designed to explore exciting nanoscience and novel nanomaterials and to find out nanotechnology solutions for our global sustainability issues.

PhD-Student in Carbon Nanotube-based Flexible Electrodes for Energy Harvesting and Storage (70%)

The growing awareness of global warming and recent events such as Fukushima, is calling for immediate actions for research and investment towards a more energy secure future. These strategies emphasize the need for expansion of renewable energy technologies, clearly represented, for example, by solar energy harvesting and storage. The impressive progress in nanomaterials (e.g., carbon nanotubes) and low-cost manufacturing routes for the third generation solar cells in the past decade is enabling solar energy harvesting at much lower costs, high enough efficiencies, and less energy consumption in manufacturing. Technologies developed for nanomaterials and nanomanufacturing can also be adapted for energy storage applications as significant as energy generation, such as supercapacitors and batteries. In this project, we are keen to construction of flexible functional electrodes based on vertically aligned carbon nanotube arrays. On these electrodes photoelectrodes for solid-state solar cells and/or electrodes for supercapacitors can be built. As such, both electrical and mechanical integrities would be very important for the stable performance of these flexible electrodes. Specifically, we will prepare a sturdy platform of carbon nanotube arrays on a flexible substrate, characterize the electrical contact, and construct functional electrodes for supercapacitors. Besides, tight collaboration with electronics engineers is planned for solid-state solar cells.

We are seeking highly motivated, goal-oriented applicants with a strong desire to work on the synthesis and fabrication control of carbon nanotube vertical arrays on a flexible substrate. You are also interested in learning electrochemical systems for supercapacitors. You should have a master degree either in Engineering, Chemistry, or Nanotechnology-related area. Experience in syntheses of carbon nanomaterials and/or in electrochemical systems will be a definite plus but not a necessity. You should have experience or taken courses in nanoscience and/or nanoengineering, including at least one of the following areas: (1) chemical vapor deposition of nanomaterials synthesis; (2) SEM/TEM/Raman/AFM experimental characterization; (3) electrochemical systems characterization. You must be able to work independently and communicate well with colleagues from various fields in English. You should have no problem of understanding and writing scientific articles in English.We are seeking highly motivated, goal-oriented applicants with a strong desire to work on the synthesis and fabrication control of carbon nanotube vertical arrays on a flexible substrate. You are also interested in learning electrochemical systems for supercapacitors. You should have a master degree either in Engineering, Chemistry, or Nanotechnology-related area. Experience in syntheses of carbon nanomaterials and/or in electrochemical systems will be a definite plus but not a necessity. You should have experience or taken courses in nanoscience and/or nanoengineering, including at least one of the following areas: (1) chemical vapor deposition of nanomaterials synthesis; (2) SEM/TEM/Raman/AFM experimental characterization; (3) electrochemical systems characterization. You must be able to work independently and communicate well with colleagues from various fields in English. You should have no problem of understanding and writing scientific articles in English.

For further information please contact Ms. Eunjeong Gross by e-mail egross@ethz.ch (no applications) and visit our website www.nets.ethz.ch

Applications with (1) curriculum vitae, (2) work certificates if anything, (3) transcripts during B.S. and M.S., and (4) a two-page maximum “statement of motivation” outlining your research interests and motivation for doing a PhD in the interdisciplinary field of nanoscience, particularly in relation with the current position available, should be sent online with attention to: ETH Zurich, Mr. H.-J. Tschachtli, Human Resources, CH-8092, Zürich.


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