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Reference : UMR5253-FREJAO-005
Workplace : MONTPELLIER
Date of publication : Monday, January 10, 2022
Type of Contract : FTC Technical / Administrative
Contract Period : 13 months
Expected date of employment : 1 March 2022
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : between 2100 et 2640 euros gross salary per month, depending on the experience
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : 1 to 4 years
The hired engineer will prepare proton-conducting composite membranes, characterise them and test them in fuel cell devices, under diverse conditions of temperature and relative humidity, The final goal is to increase the fuel cell performance at low relative humidity, compared to the case with commercial proton conducting polymer membranes such as Nafion. For the preparation of polymer/solid composite membranes, commercial polymers will be used and combined with solid inorganic or metal-organic materials developped by a research laboratory in Spain.
- Preparation of composite membranes (polymers and inorganic solids)
- Caracterisation of their structural and physio-chemical properties
- Caracterisation of their mechanical properties and temperature stability
- Proton conductivity measurements (ex situ and in fuel cell)
We are looking for a candidate with a background in the preparation, characterisation (structural, chemical, mechanical and ion-conducting properties, water content, etc) of polymeric membanes, inorganic solids and their composites, with between 1 and 4 years of practical experience
The work will be carried out within the Institut Charles Gerhardt de Montpellier, a mixed research unit between CNRS, Montpellier University and ENSCM. The cluster "Electrochemistry for Energy" investigates and develops key materials for various electrochemical energy conversion devices, including batteries, electrochemical supercapacitors, fuel cells and electrolysers. Regarding fuel cells, the laboratory is internationally recognized for its work on novel membranes and catalysts for proton exchange membrane fuel cells, spanning from the synthesis of novel materials to their integration in fuel cell.
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