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Master Thesis »Sun Simulators and Solar-to-Hydrogen Conversion Efficiency in Photo-Electrochemical Water Splitting Cells«

The Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle (Saale), Germany, characterizes, simulates and evaluates the behaviour of materials, components and systems under mechanical and environmental loads aiming solutions to improve the safety, reliability, durability and functionality of technical components and systems.

Within our team »Diagnostics and Metrology« we are currently offering a topic for master thesis »Sun Simulators and Solar-to-Hydrogen Conversion Efficiency in Photo-Electrochemical Water Splitting Cells«.

Target:
A LED sun simulator shall be integrated with a reactor device for photo-electrochemical water splitting in order to determine spectrally resolved solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency.

Motivation and Background:
Intermittent solar energy is creating an inherent mismatch between photovoltaic (PV) energy production and consumption. Photo-electrochemical (PEC) water-splitting is an alternative that has the potential to realize affordable solar fuels by converting solar energy into a storable power source, such as hydrogen.

PEC solar cells and modules will be rated technologically as well as economically based on their solar-to-hydrogen (STH) conversion efficiency. Reproducible and quantitative STH metrology solutions require standardized sun simulator irradiation, reproducible electro-chemical conditions and precise characterization according to Faraday’s law for Hydrogen production. LED sun simulators for advanced STH performance analysis provide additional information on the spectral conversion efficiency.

Within the scope of this master thesis an LED sun simulator based STH metrology setup shall be configured and launched. Performance tests have to be implemented with various PEC solar cells with regard to quantitative and reliable metrology operation.


Task:
  1. Configuration and implementation of STH metrology setup for PEC solar cells
  2. Methodology for quantitative and reproducible STH measurements
  3. Advanced spectral measurements based on LED sun simulators

What we expect from you


For this task we are looking for a student (f/m) in field of material sciences, physics, chemistry, electrical/mechanical engineering or comparable studies.

Experience is required in the following fields:

  • Experimental work,
  • Metrology
  • Data analysis of images and statistics,
  • Independent working style and ability to work in a team
Remuneration according to the general works agreement for employing assistant staff.
In case of identical qualifications preference will be given to severely disabled candidates.
We would like to point out that the chosen job title also includes the third gender.
The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft emphasises gender-independent professional equality.

Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization. Our research efforts are geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. As a result, the work undertaken by our researchers and developers has a significant impact on people’s lives. We are creative. We shape technology. We design products. We improve methods and techniques. We open up new Vistas.

Additional questions will be answered gladly by:

Dr. Christian Hagendorf
Phone: 0345 5589-5100

Dr. Marco Turek
Phone: 0345 5589-5121

If we could arise your interest please apply with all necessary documents through our online applicant management system.

Job Reference: IMWS-2020-28 Closing Date: .
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