JP Fuel Cells and Hydrogen researcher mobility platform

JP Fuel Cells and Hydrogen researcher mobility platform The Joint Programme (JP) on Fuel Cells and Hydrogen aims to generate and mobilize scientific excellence in Europe on all aspects covered by the JP. Below is a list of positions that are made available by the JP Members for exchange and placement of both young and experienced researchers, aiming to improve their skills and increase their network, serving the cause of improving FCH technologies for a low-carbon Europe.

Promote a research opportunity in your organisation

To promote a research opportunity in your organisation, please prepare the assignment and send it to stephen.mcphail@enea.it and secretariat@eera-set.eu.

You should specify:

  • Title of the assignment
  • Description of the assignment (5 sentences max.)
  • Host institution
  • Name and email of the supervisor(s)
  • Duration of the assignment
  • Skills required
  • Target group
  • Available facilities
  • Funding available

All of the JP FCH members can send assignments and any student from a European organisation can apply. If the position is no longer available or has been filled, please let us know in order to remove it from the plateform.

For each of the positions below, get in touch with the contact person provided to apply or for more information on opportunities.

Hydrogen production from biomass & waste gasification: techno-economic assesment of innovative solutions

The researcher will carry out process simulation studies with Aspen PLUS® software. Some unconventional unit operations (gasifier, membrane module) have been already implemented by LRGP in this software.…) If necessary, other unconventional operations may be developed by the chosen candidate.
The final goal is to assess some innovative solutions to produce hydrogen from biomass & waste gasification. These solutions will be compared with conventional technologies. The performance criteria will be energetic (H2 energetic yield, global energetic yield), environmental (fossil CO2 emissions), economic (Net Present Value, H2 cost).

  • Host institution: LERMAB and LRGP, University of Lorraine, Epinal and Nancy, France
  • Supervisor: Yann Rogaume (yann.rogaume@univ-lorraine.fr) and Guillain Mauviel (guillain.mauviel@univ-lorraine.fr)
  • Duration: 18 months
  • Skills required: Chemical engineering, process simulation
  • Target group: M.Sc. or Ph.D. in chemical engineering by beginning date of appointment
  • Available facilities and resources: LERMAB is a lab dedicated to wood valorisation, whereas LRGP is a chemical engineering lab. They are both hosted by Université de Lorraine, which has been recently ranked #48 for Chemical Engineering in the Shanghai Academic Ranking.
  • Funding available: IMPACT project from LUE: ULHyS

Post-doctoral fellow: Operation of proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEM-FC) without air humidification system

The objectives of the project are in chronological order:

  1. Understand the self-humidifying mechanism of PEM-FC operating under no external humidification: observation and characterization using segmented cells, modeling and determination of the stability region in terms of temperature, pressure, gas flow and average current density.
  2. Improve the self-humidification by geometry design of the diffusion layers and the feed channels whilst avoiding penalizing excessively the transport of oxygen.
  3. Test new materials that are more hydrophilic and better protonic conductors with low humidity. The type of carbon will be tweaked to optimize the performances, with the use of nanocarbons such as nanotubes or graphene. Also, grafting of functional groups can be performed to modify the hydrophobicity and/or the ability to conduct protons. Characterization will be performed using routinely TEM and TGA/mass spectrometry.
  4. Investigate the impact of dry operation on the durability of optimized membrane-electrode assemblies.
  • Host institution: LEMTA and IJL, University of Lorraine, Nancy France
  • Supervisor: Gaël Maranzana (Gael.Maranzana@univ-lorraine.fr)
  • Duration: 18 months
  • Skills required: Electrochemistry, transport phenomenon, material science
  • Target group: Post-doc (PhD)
  • Available facilities and resources: Fuel Cell laboratory (instrumented cells & test bench), Carbon Materials Laboratory (characterization & synthesis of catalysts)
  • Funding available: IMPACT project from LUE: ULHyS

3-year PhD position with grant on Accelerated testing and lifetime prediction of Solid Oxide Cells

  • Host institution: ENEA (Italian National Agency for New technologies, energy and sustainable economic development), Rome, Italy
  • Supervisor: Stephen McPhail (stephen.mcphail@enea.it)
  • Duration: 3 years starting 1st January 2020
  • Skills required: Master in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry or Material Science. Knowledge of fuel cell and electrolyser electrochemistry
  • Target group: Students with a master degree, enthusiastic and curious researchers
  • Available facilities and resources: Fully equipped fuel cell laboratory and materials characterization equipment, a young team of 6 researchers and 4 technicians
  • Funding available: 3-year grant co-financed by ENEA and the University of Le Marche 

    Application procedure is online and currently open: deadline 26 September 2019.

  • The position to apply for is in Industrial Engineering, Energy Engineering.
  •  For direction on how to register and apply, you can consult the following documents:
     

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Contact

Stephen McPhail JP FCH Coordinator
ENEA