The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado is the nation’s primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

A postdoctoral position is available in NREL’s Chemistry and Nanoscience Center to quantify and elucidate the electrochemical kinetics and transport losses in operating proton exchange membrane fuel cells. This position will primarily focus on investigating the electrochemical kinetics of both Pt and PGM-free electrocatalyst materials in an operating fuel cell. The candidate will be responsible for the fabrication of membrane electrode assembly (MEAs), experimental design and the subsequent interpretation and modeling of the electrochemical performance.

An acceptable candidate should have an understanding of electrochemical processes and diagnostics relevant to fuel cell devices, such as but not limited to:

AC impedance diagnostics relevant to membrane and electrode proton transport.
Surface area measurements such as hydrogen underpotential deposition and electrochemical carbon monoxide stripping.
Diffusion limiting current measurements relevant to gas transport both in the bulk electrode and near the electrocatalyst surface.
Kinetic measurements of electrode performance relevant to the elucidation of oxygen reduction gas transport both in the bulk electrode. Knowledge of and experience with electrochemical kinetic modeling is required. In general, candidates should have a demonstrated track record of success in addressing fundamental and applied science questions and devising solutions to challenging problems.


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.

Preferred Qualifications

Ph.D. in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science & engineering, or related field. Record of publications/presentations in areas relevant to NREL projects.

An acceptable candidate should have experience with membrane electrode assembly (MEA) fabrication, testing, and electrochemical kinetic modeling. Knowledge of, or experience with both Pt and PGM-free electrocatalyst materials is strongly desired.



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