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Job Record #17233
TitlePhD position on Hydrogen from Water Electrolysis
CategoryPhD Studentship
EmployerDelft University of Technology
LocationNetherlands, Zuid-Holland, Delft
InternationalYes, international applications are welcome
Closure DateSunday, August 15, 2021
Green hydrogen will likely become a very important ingredient in realizing 
the energy transition, by storing large amounts of electricity and as a base 
chemical. In alkaline water electrolysers, hydrogen can be conveniently 
generated from water and renewable electricity. To aid commercial viability, 
the energy efficiency at high production rates will have to be increased 
significantly, to reduce the relative cost of electrolyzers.

A significant energy loss is associated with the hydrogen and oxygen gas 
that is produced, first in dissolved form and then as bubbles. Presently, 
there are no validated models that can be used to optimize electrodes and 
cell configurations with respect to gas evolution. In this project we aim to 
gain insight into the complex interplay between dissolved gas, bubbles, 
electrolyte flow, and electrochemical reactions. Depending on the interests 
and skills of the candidate this can be through experiments and/or 
simulations. High-speed images, flow measurements, and electrochemical 
measurements can be analyzed in a variety of different cell configurations, 
which are either already available or can be developed. Computational fluid 
dynamics simulations combined with mass transport and electrochemistry, in 
software like COMSOL, may be used to optimize electrodes and cells.

The research will be supervised by Willem Haverkort and collaboration 
is foreseen with several other researchers at the Process & Energy 
department and within the wider e-refinery community at Delft University of 
Technology. Collaboration with external partners is encouraged. The desired 
starting date is as soon as possible. 
Contact Information:
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NameJohannes Haverkort
Email ApplicationYes
AddressDelft University of Technology
Leeghwaterstraat 39
Record Data:
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