Internship | Development of interfacial layers for polymer electrolyte Li-metal batteries

Are you a master's student in material science with an interest in new generation battery technologies and polymer? If yes, this internship is the right one for you.



Education type


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will be your role?

The thesis project aims to develop interfacial layers based on atomic layer deposition techniques for polymer electrolytes and to study their properties for Li metal batteries. Within the project, various promising polymer electrolyte and interfacial layers will be screened and tested for their electrochemical properties. Activities will include battery coin cell making, galvanostatic cycling, and impedance measurements. The student will also be exposed to morphological and functional analysis techniques of the structures, which will involve measurements like SEM, EDX, XRD, XPS, FTIR, etc.

How do you want to contribute to tomorrow's world? How big can your impact be? Come and work at TNO and envision it.

What we expect from you

Your tasks and responsibilities include:
  • Literature research to benchmark the know-how present as state-of-art.
  • Perform experiments in laboratory and cleanroom including polymer synthesis and coating process
  • Coating analysis (SEM/EDX analysis, FTIR), Battery making, and post-mortem analysis
  • Participate in group meetings, provide feedback, discuss results, and propose solutions to various challenging aspects
  • Write intermediate experimental reports and final report

Your profile:
You are an ambitious master's student with both scientific and practical skills looking for an internship of 5-9 months. You have a background in chemistry, material science, or applied science. You are pro-active and independent, at the same time a good team player and ready to take up new challenges. Good communication skills in English are expected.

What you’ll get in return

You want to work on the precursor of your career; a work placement gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a step further. It’s not just looking that interests us; you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That’s why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. You will, of course, be properly supervised during your work placement and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable work placement compensation.

TNO as an employer

Holst Centre is an independent R&D center that develops technologies for wireless autonomous sensor technologies and flexible electronics. Holst Centre is positioned between fundamental academic research and commercial product development. Typically, results obtained within Holst Centre aim for products that will appear on the market within three to ten years. Holst Centre defines its activities based on global societal trends and emerging markets and applications. The output of our research is generic technologies and knowledge that can be relevant for a variety of application domains, like OLEDs, OPVs, and also in advanced packaging. One of the new topics at TNO - Holst Centre is the development of next-generation lithium-ion batteries based on innovative 3-dimensional thin-film structures, exploring all the benefits of Nano-science.

Has this job opening sparked your interest?

Then please feel free to apply on this vacancy! For further questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

Contact: Bihag Anothumakkool
Phone number: +31 (0)40-40 20431

Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.


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