Internship | Novel nanostructured catalysts for PEM water electrolyzers

Climate change is the greatest threat to humanity and our world. At TNO we are deeply involved in accelerating the energy transition towards clean and renewable energy sources. If you are willing to make in impact, this could be your opportunity!



Education type

university (wo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

Climate change and pollution resulting from predominantly fossil fuels usage require our society to pursue clean and renewable energy sources. Hydrogen ranks as the most promising energy carrier with specific energy density of approximately 3 times that of gasoline and no adverse environmental footprint when produced using renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind energy. Splitting water to produce hydrogen in Proton Exchange Membrane Water Electrolyzers (PEMWE’s) has been recognized as an ideal solution to the intermittent nature of the renewable energy sources. Excess renewable energy is stored in the form of molecular bonds (Hydrogen) that can be used to run fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV’s) and/or electrify the chemical industry (Syngas production, chemicals/fuels synthesis, etc.). However, for the widespread adaptation of PEMWE’s the cost of the components and their durability/lifetime should improve significantly. This internship provides an exciting opportunity to address the challenges associated with PEMWE’s components, in particular with respect to electrocatalyst performance and durability. You will be using in-situ/ex-situ (electro)chemical/electroanalytical methods and synthesis to investigate novel oxygen evolution (OER) catalysts for use in PEMWE’s.

What do we require of you?

You are an enthusiastic master student looking for an internship of 6-9 months (only students will be considered). You have a chemical engineering, chemistry or material science/engineering background and you are eager to learn about electrochemistry and electrochemical methods. You are pro-active and independent with good communication skills in English. You will be working with a diverse team of scientists/engineering/technicians with a wide variety of expertise to make up for a great learning experience.

Among others, your main tasks will be:
  • Conduct literature search to benchmark the know-how present as state-of-art;
  • Catalyst synthesis and characterization, electrode fabrication, PEMWE cell preparation and testing;
  • Participate in group meetings, provide feed-back, discuss results, and propose solutions.

What can you expect of your work situation?

You will be living in Noord-Holland area with breath-takingly beautiful sceneries and living environment. The area, well-known for its sandy beaches in Petten and Bergen, provides a quiet and most beautiful environment for outdoor activities (boating/sailing, swimming, biking, etc.) with easy access to the nearby larger cities such as Amsterdam and Alkmaar.
TNO is an independent research organization whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organizations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole. Innovation with purpose is what TNO stands for. We work for a variety of customers: governments, the SME sector, large companies, service providers and non-governmental organizations. Working together on new knowledge, better products and clear recommendations for policy and processes. In everything we do, impact is the key.

What can TNO offer you?

You want to work on the precursor of your career; an internship 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 internship and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable internship compensation.

Has this vacancy sparked your interest?

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

Due to Covid-19 and the consequent uncertainties and restrictions, students who are not residing in the Netherlands may currently not be able to start an internship or graduation project at TNO.

Contact: Ivan Garcia Torregrosa
Phone number: +31 (0)6-152 94999

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


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