The Chair of Technical Thermodynamics at RWTH Aachen University covers all relevant scales for the description of a process starting from the molecules up to the full process scale. The chair presently hosts 4 professors and more than 40 PhD students. It is tightly engaged in cooperation projects on biofuel production and utilisation as well as on CO2 utilisation with industrial and academic partners. We study the production and utilization of bio hybrid fuels within the cluster of excellence The Fuel Science Centre. The open PhD position is located in the Molecular Systems Engineering group led by Prof. Leonhard.
Research Assistant / Associate (w/m/d)
Often, the stability of ionic liquid (ILs) is mentioned as one of their major advantages. Nevertheless, in many potential applications issues with their stability show up which have been studied very little up to now. The present project aims at filling this gap by theoretical (RWTH) and experimental (University of Rostock) studies. You will research the reaction networks that describe the decomposition of ILs. You will perform ab initio simulations, simulations with reactive force fields, and quantum chemical calculations. You will validate your results with experimental results obtained in Rostock. Based on these results, we will jointly develop simplified rules for the stability of ILs based on their structure. The ultimate goal is the decision whether a given IL has a sufficient long-term stability for a process of interest. The methods will be tested for practical applications like IL and electrolyte solutions in batteries and fuel cells.
University degree (Master or equivalent) in Chemistry, Physics, (Chemical) Engineering or Engineering Physics.
Good written and verbal communication skills in German and English.
Desirable additional knowledge and experience:
Acquaintance with computational chemistry, ideally with reactive force field methods and quantum mechanical methods and software.
Team player, with good two-way communication skills, highly self-motivated and able to work independently with excellent time management skills.
What we offer:
The position is initially for 15 month and is to be filled as soon as possible. An extension to a total of at least 3 years is planned. This is a full-time position. It is also available as part-time employment per request.
The successful candidate has the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree.
The salary corresponds to level EG 13 TV-L.
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Please send your application by February 15, 2020 to
Prof. Dr. Leonhard
Lehrstuhl für Technische Thermodynamik
RWTH Aachen University
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