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PhD student position from 09/2022: “Tin (Sn) based nanomaterials for Lithium ion batteries”

In this PhD topic, a new generation of electrode materials for Litium Ion Batteries composed of tin-based nanomaterials is being proposed. These nanomaterials are promising candidates as they are robust and survive several thousands of cycles. However, research in this topic is further required in order to improve the production of tin-based nanomaterials. The PhD student will synthesize these nanomaterials and characterize them using several techniques. He or she will also carry out electrochemical characterization and test their efficiency as electrode materials in various electrolytes.

The Nanolab of the Energy Applications Engineering Chair is equipped for the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials. In addition, all equipment for testing the nanomaterials for battery applications is available. The PhD student is also able to perform other analyses in other institutes of the University. Through collaborations abroad, the PhD student will have access to state of the art characterization techniques while he or she spends a short mobility period in the laboratory.

The student will be part of the applied nanoengineering group:


The PhD student will be employed as a junior research fellow for a period of 4 years. His duties consist of doing research and publishing research data. Her or she will produce at least 1-2 publications per year. The average gross salary for a junior research fellow is €1,400/month. Net salary is based on the yearly taxation rate.

Eligibility criteria

A working knowledge of nanomaterial synthesis and basic electrochemistry is necessary along with a Master’s degree in the field.

Selection process

short listed candidates will be informed by email. Please keep in mind that considering the large number of applications we receive it may not always be possible to reply individually. If we do not reply to you up to 2 weeks after the deadline then please consider that your application has not been retained.

A CV and a motivation letter should be addressed to Prof. Protima Rauwel ( along with names of 2 referees


The candidate is required to have a Masters in Physics, chemistry or materials science. He or she should have hands on experience with nanomaterials synthesis and basic electrochemistry. Fluency in English is necessary. A working knowledge of UV-Vis and photoluminescence spectroscopy will be an added advantage for the candidate. Other competences include analysis of X-Ray diffraction data, FT-IR, electrical characterization and cyclic voltammetry.

It is highly recommended that the candidate has atleast 1 publication demonstrating his or her capacity to organize and publish research data

Specific Requirements

– Hands-on experience in nanomaterial synthesis and electrochemistry

– Good knowledge of optical techniques like UV-Vis and photoluminescence spectroscopy.