Type dienstverband:
Internship and graduation project
Uren per week:
Fulltime – 40

Internship | Fabrication and Testing of Battery Electrodes Using Novel Binders

About this position

The state-of-the-art lithium ion batteries still rely on conventional electrode architecture, containing a blend of active materials, polymeric binders and conductive additives on a current collector. However, the current production methods face challenges due to environmental concerns associated with the use of fluorinated polymers and toxic organic solvents. At TNO, we work on developing alternative polymeric binders that can be processed under a more environmentally friendly conditions.

What will be your role?

In this internship, you will work on electrode processing using fluorine-free polymer binders and evaluate its electrochemical performance in lithium-ion battery cells. Your day-to-day activities will involve preparing electrode films through slurry casting and test their electrochemical performance in coin cells under industrially relevant conditions. Under guidance of TNO, you will propose solutions to optimize the slurry properties, film production process, and performance.

Minimum project duration is 4 months, longer is possible if preferred by the candidate. A more detailed plan will be drafted together with your academic supervisor. At TNO, you will work in Holst Center and in the Materials Solutions Department in Eindhoven

What we expect from you

  • You are a master's student in the final phase of your studies in a relevant field (chemistry, electrochemistry, physics, or materials science);
  • Prior experience in a chemistry lab and hands-on skills are preferable;
  • Knowledge in battery technologies is a plus;
  • Proactive and a good team player;
  • 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

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?

Then we’d like to hear from you! Please contact us for more information about the job or the selection process. To apply, please upload your CV and covering letter using the ‘apply now’ button.