PhD project: Experimental and Computational Evaluation of Solvation Phenomena in Electrolyte Solutions

torsdag 13 jan 22

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A PhD position, starting April 1 2022 or as soon as possible after that, is available in the area of electrolyte thermodynamics. The duration of the position is three years.

Solvation phenomena are very important in electrolyte solutions, and as many of them are aqueous solutions, the water-salt solvation is of particular relevance. There are today both theories and experimental data for accounting for the solvation effects, however there is no consensus neither on the theoretical nor on the experimental side. These difficulties related to the appropriate assessment of the solvation phenomena severely limit the predictive capabilities of electrolyte models.

The purpose of this project is to achieve an understanding of the magnitude and nature of solvation phenomena for aqueous electrolyte solutions using both theory, computations and experiments. The experimental work will be based primarily on Near-Infrared spectroscopy and extensive data treatment of the obtained spectra. The modelling/theoretical work will involve an investigation of the solvation terms used in models for electrolytes, both those based on primitive and non-primitive theories.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The appointment will be at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (Center for Energy Resources Engineering). The project is carried out as a part of the ERC Advanced Grant (“New Paradigm in Electrolyte Thermodynamics”) and is expected to involve travels and interactions with other researchers employed under the same project.

You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.

An interest in electrolyte thermodynamics as well as interest in doing both experimental and theoretical work will be considered as additional qualifications for this position.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.  

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Georgios M. Kontogeorgis, associate professor Xiaodong Liang and senior researcher Michael Bache.

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Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years. 

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Georgios M. Kontogeorgis,, Associate Professor Xiaodong Liang, and senior researcher Michael Bache,

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 1 March 2022 (Danish time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include: 

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum Vitale
  • BSc/MSc diploma and grade transcripts
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply. 

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