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

Stage | Advanced manufacturing techniques for alkaline electrolyser electrodes

About this position

Given the significant demand for green hydrogen in the context of the energy transition, it is crucial to increase its production capacity through electrolysis in the upcoming years. Among the various electrolyzer technologies, anion-exchange membrane water electrolysis (AEMWE) stands out for its potential to enable low-cost, green hydrogen production, as it does not depend on precious metal materials as catalysts. To fully capitalize on this promise, the advancement of high-performance electrodes emerges as a critical factor. This project aims to further advance the manufacturing of AEMWE catalysts by exploring techniques for the fabrication of electrodes with a 3D structure. The unique morphology of 3D catalysts often results in higher catalytic activity, leading to faster reaction kinetics and facilitating better mass transport of reactants/products. This can contribute to improved durability, making them more resistant to degradation over time. Among the various 3D structures, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) stand out due to their exceptional electrical conductivity, high electrochemical stability, robust mechanical properties, and large specific surface area. Several synthesis methods for CNTs are available, notably chemical vapor deposition, and electrodeposition using a template with defined porosity to guide the growth of the nanostructures. The application of these strategies may lead to a cost-effective and efficient manner of producing high-performance catalysts for AEMWE.

What will be your role?

What will you be responsible for:

  • Literature research to provide you with the required background and the state of the art.
  • Develop/optimize the fabrication of electrodes with a 3D structure and thin film porous catalysts (TFPC) for AEMWE.
  • Characterize the electrodes (e.g. loading, composition, morphology).
  • Test the electrochemical performance of the fabricated electrodes in alkaline electrolyte.
  • Participate in group meetings to discuss results/drawbacks with the team.
  • Write final report of the project.
  • Present the outcome results of the project.

What we expect from you

Our ideal candidate is someone who:

  • Is a student with background in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Material Science, Physics, or a similar background, resident in the Netherlands.
  • Have a background in electrochemistry is preferable.
  • Is looking for a project of 6-10 months.
  • Is eager to learn about advanced manufacturing techniques for electrodes.
  • Is eager to work in the laboratory.
  • Is creative.
  • Can work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Have a good communications skills in English.

What you'll get in return

You want an internship opportunity 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 work placement and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Furthermore, we provide:

  • A highly professional, innovative internship environment, within a team of top experts.
  • A suitable internship allowance (615 euro for wo-, hbo- and mbo-students for a full-time internship).
  • Possibility of eight hours of free leave per internship month (for a full-time internship).
  • A free membership of Jong TNO, where you can meet other TNO professionals and join several activities, such as sports activities, (work-related) courses or the yearly ski-trip.
  • Use of a laptop.
  • An allowance for travel expenses in case you don’t receive an OV-card.

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.

Important to be aware of before applying:

  • Before the start of the internship, the internship agreement from TNO needs to be signed. For students at a college or university based in the Netherlands, TNO uses the UNL-template (supplemented with a number of specific agreements from TNO). For students of foreign and MBO educational institutions, the TNO internship agreement applies. TNO does not sign any other internship agreements.
  • Before the start of the internship, the educational institution will need to confirm in writing that:
    • 1) you are enrolled at the educational institution during the internship, and;
    • 2) the internship takes place as part of the programme of the study.
  • The confirmation of educational institution takes place by signing the UNL template or forms prepared by TNO.
  • Interns at TNO must be in possession of a Dutch residential address at the start of the internship. Performance of internship activities from abroad is not possible.

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.