One of the largest challenges in achieving the energy transition is the conversion and storage of sustainable energy in energy-rich compounds such as hydrogen, hydrocarbons or alcohols produced from water and CO2. The key limiting factor in making these reactions more efficient is the lack of detailed understanding of how these reactions proceed on the nanoscale. In particular, detailed knowledge of the hydrogen-bond structure and molecular dynamics in the interfacial region near the electrode surface is missing. In this project we will combine advanced nonlinear optical femtosecond vibrational spectroscopy with scanning probe microscopy to investigate the water structure on the molecular scale near an operating electrode surface. We will also use these advanced techniques to investigate the dynamic distribution of ions and reactants in the region near the electrode surface. With these studies we will obtain novel insights in the structure of the electrical double layer near a biased electrode surface, which will be of great value in optimizing electrochemical reactions for the conversion and storage of sustainable energy.
This is a postdoc position for 2+1 year to experimentally develop the in-situ and operando characterization of metal electrodes. This is a joined position between two research groups at AMOLF, the Ultrafast spectroscopy and the 3DPhotovoltaics groups. You will be supervised by Prof. Bakker and Dr. Alarcon-Llado and will closely collaborate with the PhD students, technicians and other post-docs of both research groups. Both groups are embedded in the Sustainable Materials theme and ChemSpec center of expertise at AMOLF, which offer a highly stimulating and collaborative atmosphere.
We are looking for an enthusiastic researcher with a PhD in experimental physics or physical chemistry. Experience in either ultrafast spectroscopy or liquid scanning probe microscopy is a plus. Good verbal and written communication skills in English are required.
The position is intended as full-time (40 hours / week, 12 months / year) appointment in the service of the Netherlands Foundation of Scientific Research Institutes (NWO-I) for the duration of two plus one years, with a salary in scale 10 (CAO-OI) and a range of employment benefits. Several courses are offered. AMOLF assists any new foreign Postdoc with housing and visa applications and compensates their transport costs and furnishing expenses.
Dr. Esther Alarcon-Llado
Group Leader 3DPV
Prof.dr. Huib Bakker
Group leader Ultrafast Spectroscopy
Phone: +31 (0)20-754 7100
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