Postdoc position: Designing electrocatalysts using atomic layer deposition – TU Delft – Delft

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TU Delft

Job description

In today’s ever-changing world, where sustainability and resource conservation are of utmost importance, innovative solutions to tackle environmental challenges have become essential. Seawater bicarbonates and nitrates are aimed to be converted into widely used chemicals for agriculture, such as urea, and other valuable carbon and nitrogen feedstocks. ICONIC (Integrated conversion of Nitrate and Carbonate streams) aims at exploring new electrochemical reactions, an integrated and scalable prototype will be developed.

Catalysts based on non-critical raw materials will be designed, and new reaction mechanisms for nitrate and carbonate activation and coupling will be explored, to sustainably produce urea and high-value chemicals. Direct co-electrolysis of CO2 and nitrates from seawater is aimed to be achieved, a process that has never been reported to date. Moreover, it will be implemented on-site and powered by renewable energy sources. Advanced computational models and precise assemblies of high-performance electrodes will be deployed, demonstrating a scalable lab prototype suitable for the integrated remediation of polluted seawater into urea.

The postdoc will investigate the use of atomic layer deposition (ALD) to make novel electrocatalysts for C/N-conversion, and approaches to use ALD to protect these catalysts and increase their lifetime. In collaboration with another postdoc the catalysts will be tested under realistic conditions.   


We are looking for a candidate that meets the following criteria:

  • PhD degree in a relevant field (preferably in Chemical Engineering or a related discipline)
  • Creative, open-minded and proactive;
  • Excellent experimental and analytical skills;
  • Good team player;
  • Good English communication and writing skills.
  • Preferred qualifications:
  • Prior experience with atomic layer deposition, or a related coating technology
  • Prior experience with electrochemical converions

Conditions of employment

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. T he TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance, and a monthly work costs contribution.  Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

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TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

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