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2 Postdoc positions on Carbon Nanomaterial-ionic liquid Hybrids for Ultrahigh Energy Supercapacitors

Two post doctor positions are available at the Department of Chemical Engineering within Carbon Nanomaterial-IL Hybrids for Ultrahigh Energy Supercapacitors  SuperEnergy. Nano2020, the Norwegian Research Council, supports the project. It aims to ground-breaking research for developing ultrahigh energy supercapacitors (SCs) with high specific energy, but remarkable improvements on safety, power density, stability and operating temperature window compared to batteries.  The project is based on our recent progress of the fundamental study of carbon-ionic liquid (IL) SCs, where ultrahigh capacitance (>600 F/g) at 4V is predicted theoretically. The new principle will be applied to achieve the ambitious goal by means of maximize the ion packing density in the nanopores. This project will develop a new approach with highly integrated multiscale hierarchical modelling and experimental investigation to optimize carbon nanomaterials-IL hybrids.

Project 1: Molecular dynamic simulation of ionic liquid-carbon system
Supercapacitors are promising alternatives for energy storage. As an electrolyte in supercapacitors, different ionic liquids are often used. In this project full atomistic molecular dynamics (MD) simulations will be used to provide molecular insight of the ionic distributions and packing inside nanporous material. The MD simulations will be used for screening different types and mixtures of different ionic liquid in order to evaluate possible ionic liquid mixture combinations that could further increase the capacitance based on their spatial arrangement in the nanopores. The distributions inside the pores, the density and molecular sizes obtained from MD can be used to rationally design supercapcaitors with better performance. The candidate will work closely with an experimental group working on developing supercapacitors.

The applicant must have a PhD in chemical engineering, chemistry, physics or related fields. Good knowledge of molecular dynamics simulations. Familiar with common MD software packages – GROMACS, LAMMPS etc. Previous experience with ionic liquid simulations are considered as an advantage. Programming skills and prior knowledge of UNIX based operating systems are considered as an advantage, but are not necessary.

Further details may be obtained from Associate Professor Brian Arthur Grimes, brian.a.grimes@ntnu.no.

Project 2: Energy storage by high energy supercapacitors
The objective of the project is to develop carbon-ionic liquid electrolyte supercapacitors with high energy and power density, mixture of ionic liquid with large operating temperature window, and good stability. The candidate will develop the carbon nanomaterials with desired pore size distribution and mixture of ionic liquid as electrolyte. In addition, the successful candidate will work on hybrid materials for energy storage. The project will be mainly carried at Catalysis group, Department of Chemical Engineering, NTNU. 

Candidates for this position must have a PhD degree in relevant fields (but not limited) such as electrochemistry, material science, chemical engineering and chemistry. Knowledge of energy storage on batteries and supercapacitors is essential. Applicants are required to include a letter of motivation in their application, pointing out how the project will build upon the applicant’s previous education, research and competence.
For further inquiries about the position contact Prof. De Chen, (+47) 73 59 3149, e-mail: chen@nt.ntnu.no  
Further information about the Department of Chemical Engineering may be obtained from http://www.ntnu.edu/chemeng.

General Qualifications
The positions require good communication skills in English, both written and spoken.
The candidates must be able to work independently and take responsibility for progress and quality of projects. Have enthusiasm for working in collaboration between theoretic and experimental groups. Have well-established skills to work in a team and have strong computer programming skills.

Terms of employment
The appointment of the Post doctor will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees. 

NTNU’s personnel policy objective is that the staff must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent.

The position as Post doctor is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution.

The application
The applicants should submit an application letter (incl. information about which project the applicant would like to work on), a CV, certified copies of certificates of education, publications and other scientific works, certified copies of documentation on English language proficiency, and contact details for two reference persons.
Applications must be submitted electronically through www.jobbnorge.no

Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.
The reference number for the positions is: NV- 19/17
Application deadline: 2017-02-28.

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