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A consortium of European universities require industrial partners to participate in a European Joint Doctorate (call H2020-MSCA-ITN-2020) in the field of electrochemistry. The cooperation will be based on the placement of highly trained PHd in industries to study the fundamentals of mechanistic electrochemistry with the aim of developing novel electrocatalytic materials and to testing them in real conditions.
A consortium of universities is searching for industrial partners whose main activity focuses in the field of Electrochemistry that might be willing to participate in an application for a European Joint Doctorate under the call H2020-MSCA-ITN-2020. The company should have activities related with fuel cells development, chlor-alkali or chlorate processes, metal electrodeposition and/or an interest in nanoparticle catalysts preparation for carbon dioxide reduction, oxygen/hydrogen reduction/evolution reactions or similar reactions.
The topic of the project is the mechanistic study of the electrochemical reactions related with the processes mentioned above. The projects seeks to study the fundamental details of these reactions, to develop novel electrocatalytic materials and to test them under real conditions.
The research partners of the consortium includes universities from France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Belgium and Finland. The academic partners have extensive experience in:
-Mechanistic studies of electrochemical reactions including the use of non-electrochemical techniques such as X-Ray absorption, IR and Raman spectroscopies and other ultrahigh vacuum related methodologies.
-Calculation of fundamental properties using computational methods such as DFT and molecular dynamics simulations.
-Scale up of electrochemical processes to pilot plan scale.
The goals of the project will be:
-Synthesis and characterization of more efficient materials and material architectures as electro-, photo-, and photoelectro-catalysts for energy conversion processes in combination with the production of value added products.
-Development of new methodologies/protocols for the characterization of the electrode materials and architectures.
-Study of electrodeposition processes in aqueous and ionic liquid solvents as a method for catalyst preparation with possible application in surface treatment and microelectronic applications.
-Test of the novel electrocatalytic materials in the pilot plan scale.
The role of the industrial partner will be to host one or several Early Stage Researchers during periods between 3 months to 1 year to complement the training of the researcher with an industrial perspective.
The network seeks to train 12-16 PhD students in a multidisciplinary programme involving training-by-research, joint courses of technical, scientific and transferrable skills, participation to scientific events, and an intense networking through an extensive plan of multiple secondments within the different academic and industrial partners.
The deadline for the call is 14 January 2020.
The deadline for reception of EOIs is on 10/January/2020.
Funding and further financial conditions will be set in accordance of the terms set on the call for proposals.
Through the research carried out in the project a greater understanding of the mechanism of the studied electrochemical reactions will be gained. Such knowledge will allow the rational development of new improved materials for the use as electrocatalysts in different reaction of industrial interest such as oxygen and hydrogen evolution or other reactions relevant in the field of fuel cells.
Industrial partners whose main activity is based on the field of Electrochemistry. The company should have activities related with one or various of the following topics:
-chlor-alkali or chlorate processes,
-Ink catalysts preparation for carbon dioxide reduction, oxygen/hydrogen reduction/evolution reactions or fuel cell related reactions.