thermoelectric device | Scholarship for Nigerians and Africans

2 PhD/Postdoctoral Positions at University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Nano-structured junctions with molecules bound between electrodes present interesting systems for molecular electronic and thermoelectric devices. These projects will investigate inelastic electron transport and heat transport in conducting junctions with a particular focus on strategies for controlling these processes chemically.

PhD employment will be for a period of 3 years, postdoc. employment will be for 1 year with the possibility of extension.
The Terms of appointment and payment are in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Federation of Professional Associations (AC). The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding society and encourage all qualified applicants regardless of personal background to apply for the positions.

Scholarship Application Deadline:15-05-2011

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PhD Scholarship for Development of Functionally Graded Materials for Thermoelectric Devices, Denmark

The Fuel Cells and Solid State Chemistry Division at Risø DTU is seeking a Ph.D. student to develop graded thermoelectric materials with optimized properties over a broad temperature range for use in conversion of heat into electricity.
Thermoelectric power conversion is a promising technology for waste heat recovery in a broad variety of applications, e.g. transportation, building and industry. A thermoelectric device works by converting a certain temperature difference into an electric potential to generate power.

You will be part of a large project which aim to develop and demonstrate high-temperature efficient thermoelectric oxide modules integrated in a converter system.

This will take place at the international front line in collaboration between Risø DTU and four leading laboratories in Denmark, Japan and the US, while industry participation ensures strong links to both technology providers and end-users.

The project
A major challenge in thermoelectric materials development is to combine a number of materials belonging to different families of materials together in order to improve the conversion efficiency and to expand the working temperature range of the thermoelectric device. The project is focussed on the construction and optimization of p- and n-type segments over a broad temperature range by graded materials. This will be done in order to improve the so-called compatibility factor between the materials in each leg. The materials are chosen among the best of state-of-the-art materials and the novel developed thermoelectric oxides.

• Master’s degree in chemistry, physics, materials science or similar
• Knowledge in synthesis of inorganic materials preferably oxides
• Prior knowledge in the area of thermoelectricity is beneficial
• Experience with experimental methods for materials characterization
• Ability to work independently, to plan and carry out complicated tasks, and to be a part of a large, dynamical group
• Good communication skills in English, both written and spoken

We offer
We offer an exciting and challenging job in an international environment.
Good possibilities for professional and personal growth.
A family friendly organisation with flexible working hours.

Scholarship Application Deadline:15-2-2011

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