Internship | Development of a novel redox flow battery
About this position
As we transition to cleaner energy sources, the contribution of renewable sources to the total generation is steadily rising. One of the issues of renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind, is intermittency which could generate grid instability. At TNO, we work on several energy transition aspects from energy generation to storage. This project will target the development of novel energy storage systems, in particular redox flow batteries (RFB). RFB offer great scalability and flexibility and are especially interesting for their use in stationary applications and grid balancing. However, some aspects require further research, such as the energy density, the development of low-cost components and the use of safe and sustainable materials. In this project, the aim is to improve the energy density and stability of a novel RFB system.
What will be your role?
During the period of the internship you will experience working in a team of TNO scientists and engineers. You will contribute to the development of novel redox flow battery systems. Your work will involve performing a brief literature review for the selection of redox species, formulate an experimental plan under TNO supervision and test the selected species at a laboratory scale. You will also learn to analyze, interpret, and present the results from your work to an audience of scientists. Besides this, you will also learn and apply electrochemical techniques as cyclic voltammetry and battery testing.
Minimum duration of 6 months.
What we expect from you
- Being enrolled in a MSc programme within a relevant field, i.e. electrochemistry, chemistry, chemical engineering, sustainable energy, applied physics etc.
- Practical experience in laboratory environment and hands-on skills are required, particularly on electrochemistry.
- Being familiar with organic chemistry and/or battery technologies is an advantage.
- Prior experience working with Python is an advantage.
- Good communication skills in English are expected, particularly for presenting your work and writing reports.
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
At TNO, we innovate for a healthier, safer and more sustainable life. And for a strong economy. Since 1932, we have been making knowledge and technology available for the common good. We find each other in wonder and ingenuity. We are driven to push boundaries. There is all the space and support for your talent and ambition. You work with people who will challenge you: who inspire you and want to learn from you. Our state-of-the-art facilities are there to realize your vision. What you do at TNO matters: impact makes the difference. Because with every innovation you contribute to tomorrow’s world. Read more about TNO as an employer.
At TNO we encourage an inclusive work environment, where you can be yourself. Whatever your story and whatever unique qualities you bring to the table. It is by combining our unique strengths and perspectives that we are able to develop innovations that make a real difference in society. Want to know more? Read what steps we are taking in the area of diversity and inclusion.
The selection process
After the first CV selection, the application process will be conducted by the concerning department. TNO will provide a suitable internship agreement. If you have any questions about this vacancy, you can contact the contact person mentioned below.
Students must reside in the Netherlands before the start and also throughout the internship or graduation project at TNO.
Has this job opening sparked your interest?
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