PhD Position Nanoporous Materials for Thermal Energy Storage

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD position at Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands. There is no application deadline for this position.

The Eindhoven University of Technology has a PhD position Nanoporous Materials for Thermal Energy Storage

Fifty percent of our daily energy usage is in the form of thermal energy.In view of the energy challenges ahead of us, compact heat storage could offer opportunities to bridge the mismatch between availability and consumption of energy. Inorganic crystal hydrates and nanoporous materials (zeolites, MOF’s) have the potential to be used as storage media. Whereas in a crystal hydrates heat storage and discharge happens via (de)hydration reactions, water (de)sorption plays a key role in nanoporous materials.

Study the adsorption and desorption behavior of nanoporous materials both at single particle and particle bed level.

You will select the most appropriate nanoporous materials for heat storage applications and investigate their adsorption and desorption characteristics on particle level. TGA-DSC, XRD and NMR will be used to investigate the response of particles on water vapor. You will construct a research reactor that fits into an MRI and/or CT devices for 3D imaging of water adsorption in beds of porous media. Finally you will model the adsorption/desorption processes for beds. As this project is part of the Mat4Heat program, you will work within a team of 5 PhD's, all studying various aspects of heat storage materials.

The work will be done in the group Transport in Permeable Media (TPM) at the Applied Physics department of the Eindhoven University of Technology. TPM owns the DarcyLab ( ), which has a wide range of NMR imaging facilities, CT, XRD and Thermo Analytical instruments to monitor and visualize the water dynamics during phase changes. The project is embedded in a large national program Mat4Sus and intensive cooperation with TNO (the Dutch Organization for Applied Research) is foreseen.

If so, you are the right candidate for this position.


More information can be obtained from: Dr. H.P. Huinink ( / / +31 40 2475375). Application

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