Two year Postdoctoral Research Position in Experiments and Modelling of Electrochemical Reduction of
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Two-year Postdoctoral Research Position in Experiments and Modelling of Electrochemical Reduction of A position is available in the research team of Prof. Stephen Dooley at the School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin, in collaboration with Prof. Kim McKelvey at the School of Chemistry, Trinity College Dublin. The project investigates the physical and chemical processes controlling the selective electrochemical catalysis of carbon dioxide to methanol by the creation of an advanced multiphysics simulation. Background: Electricity-to-Fuels, in which electrical energy generated from renewable sources is used as energy source for the synthesis of fuels from carbon dioxide (CO2) and water, is a technology that could interrupt the anthropogenic carbon cycle and significantly reduce net greenhouse gas emissions as required by the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement. Electricity-to-Fuels technologies (also known as Power-to-X or Electro-fuels) are fast-evolving but face several fundamental science challenges in their operation and market viability. Particularly, the production costs of an Electricity-to-Fuels approaches are highly dependent on the capital costs of the electrolyser and the electricity price. The design of the electrolyser is thus critical. Project: This project will provide an experimental and computational platform with which to test, model and optimise the performance of CO2 electrolysis cells. A sophisticated multi-physics simulation of a CO2 electrolysis cell will be developed, incorporating electrochemical reaction kinetics, fluid mechanics, and transport of chemical species. Role: A postdoctoral researcher is sought to join the research team comprising two Principal Investigators and two dedicated post-graduate students. With the other team members, the successful candidate will: – Design and construct a CO2 electrolysis cell and characterisation facility. – Characterise the operation of the CO2 electrolysis cell in a number of different electrolyte, electrode and operating parameter configurations. – Contribute to the development of a multiphysics simulation to describe the essential physical processes occurring in the cell in the form of an open-access numerical model. – Analyse the multiphysics simulation to identify performance limitations, propose design modifications, and computationally optimise cell design to improve performance. – Contribute to identification and engagement with relevant industry and societal stakeholders. – Contribute to day-today supervision of two PhD students. – Lead report, scientific paper and IP writing. – Lead the delivery of oral research presentations at international conferences. Research Environment: You will work in a close collaboration with both Dr. Stephen Dooley and Dr. Kim McKelvey. You will be part of a supportive research group in the School of Physics at Trinity College Dublin where your research will primarily be undertaken offering a vibrant research community with world-class research facilities. You will have opportunities to interact with other research groups within Trinity, Ireland and Internationally. Your professional development is important to us. You will receive specific training; in communication, project management and reporting appropriate for the remote-age; the commercialising of your research; the engagement of industry actors; supervision and management, and other areas of importance to your career. Essential Requirements: The successful application will have: – A PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Chemical Engineering or related field. – Knowledge of electrolysis, electrocatalysis or other catalysis. – Experience in the design and operation of electrolysis cells. – Skills and experience of impedance spectroscopy and other electrochemical current-voltage characterisation techniques. – Excellent communication skills. Advantaged Requirements: Skills and experience in the following will be a definite advantage: – Experience with the use of simulation techniques for the physics-based modelling of electrochemical or other chemical reaction and transport processes, application of machine learning tools, construction of complex partial/ordinary differential equations. – Good working knowledge of Matlab, COMSOL, Python, Cantera. Knowledge of catalysts for CO2 elechemical reduction and of high surface area materials for electrode design. Application: Prospective candidates should send a two page CV, a covering letter outlining their educational background, research track-record, interest in the position and the names and contact details of two referees to Prof. Stephen Dooley (). Please quote the entire job title in the subject line of your email. The 24-month position is available immediately. Applications will be evaluated as received and candidates of all levels of experience possessing appropriate skillsets will be considered. The School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin has been awarded Institute of Physics Juno Practitioner and Athena SWAN Bronze Award status for taking action to address gender inequities across its student and staff body. It is committed to promoting better working practices for men and women. See The School welcomes applications from all qualified applicants, and applications are particularly encouraged from traditionally under-represented groups in Physics.