Internship | Solid Oxide Electrolyzer Cells development

Are you willing to contribute to our challenge at TNO Petten to develop the next generation of Solid Oxide Cell components and manufacturing process for high temperature electrolysis? Join our research team!



Education type

university (wo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

Solid Oxide Electrolyzers (SOE) has emerged in the last decade as a breakthrough technology for the conversion of Power-to-fuels and Power-to-chemicals for multiple chemical industry concepts (ammonia production, methanol production, C-loop in steel industry). The benefit of the high temperature operations and gas flexibility of SOE systems compare to low temperature electrolysis technologies (PEM, alkaline) allow the production of renewable hydrogen (H2O-SOE) and syngas (co-SOE) by electrochemical conversion of water and/or CO2 which can easily be integrated in chemical processes. Solid Oxide Electrolyzer systems operating under reversible electrolyzer and Fuel Cell operations (r-SOC) also brought promising means for seasonal energy storage of intermittent renewable energy sources. The technological challenges of the SOE systems remains on developing components (cells, stack) that can perform for sufficient lifetime and at low cost, for a viable industrial implementation. With its long-term expertise on Solid Oxide Cells manufacturing and testing, TNO takes up the challenge to develop the next generation of high performance & robust Solid Oxide Cells (SOC) for flexible electrolysis conditions at lower cost and with upscaled dimensions for feasible industrial implementation. This internship provides an exciting opportunity to address the challenges associated with SOC components development, especially with respect to new electrochemical materials, cell design and manufacturing processes, to name a few. You will be using in-situ/ex-situ (electro)chemical/electroanalytical methods and synthesis to investigate novel components performance/durability for use in SOE.

During your internship, your main tasks will be to:
  • Develop electrodes and full cells manufacturing for Solid Oxide Electrolysis Technology;
  • perform electrochemical characterization on SOC units under electrolysis conditions;
  • conduct pre- and post- electrochemical tests analysis by material characterization of the SOC units;
  • provide additional fundamental knowledge to the working team through literature search;
  • participate in group meetings, provide feed-back, discuss results, and propose solutions.

What do we require of you?

  • Material chemistry or chemical engineering education (Specialty in ceramic materials);
  • eager to learn about electrochemistry and electrochemical methods;
  • proactive attitude;
  • critical thinking & strong analytical skills;
  • good communication (in English);
  • interpersonal skills.

What can you expect of your work situation?

TNO is an independent research organisation whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organisations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole. Innovation with purpose is what TNO stands for. With approximately 3000 people we develop knowledge not for its own sake but for practical application. To create new products that make life more pleasant and valuable and help companies innovate. To find creative answers to the questions posed by society. We work for a variety of customers: governments, companies, service providers and non-governmental organisations. Working together on new knowledge, better products and clear recommendations for policy and processes. In everything we do, impact is the key. Our product and process innovations and recommendations are only worth something if our customers can use them to boost their competitiveness. 

During your internship, you will be located in the TNO location of Petten in Noord-Holland. You will be working at the Energy Transition Unit, in the Electrochemistry Cluster, in collaboration with a multi-expertise team of scientists/engineering/technicians.

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.

Contact: Claire Ferchaud
Phone number: +31(0)6-110 67408

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


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