New materials for organic redox flow batteries

Background: The transition towards renewable energies will require large-scale electrical storage solutions in order to address the intermittency of these resources. Redox flow batteries are an excellent candidate for this application as they store electrical energy in liquid electrolyte solutions which allow for straightforward and economic scaling of battery capacity by simply increasing the tank size. In this project you will develop new carbon-based organic materials that can be utilized as high performance storage material. The infinite possibilities of organic chemistry enable the synthesis and study of materials with improved storage capacity and stability over existing technologies.

Goal of the project: This project aims to improve our understanding of structure-property relations of organic redox active materials for energy storage. To this end, you will employ a combination of organic synthesis and electrochemistry to design new materials and characterize their physical properties by spectroscopic and electrochemical techniques. Furthermore, the performance of these redox active materials will be extensively evaluated in flow battery prototypes. These results in combination with predictive computational modelling will be used to advance the state-of-the-art in this field and generate materials that have the potential to be used for large-scale energy storage.

Setting: This research is set in a close collaboration between the M2N group at the TU/e and the Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research (DIFFER). You will work closely with other researchers in the M2N group at TU/e and at DIFFER under the supervision of Dr. Koen Hendriks. You will lead the experimental work and provide input for predictive computational work that will guide us towards new and improved materials as well as a deeper understanding between molecular structure and battery performance.

Requirements: The successful candidate will have:

  • Bachelor and Master degrees in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering with top grades. Candidates that are expected to obtain Master degree soon can also apply.
  • A strong background and interest in synthetic organic chemistry. Experience in electrochemistry will be considered a definite advantage.
  • A strong motivation and independence to tackle and complete challenging, multi-faceted problems.
  • The ambition to excel at multi-disciplinary research ranging from synthetic chemistry to battery prototyping.
  • Excellent collaboration and communication skills to bridge between various disciplines.

For more information contact: Koen Hendriks or René Janssen