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Design and synthesis of polymeric electrocatalysts

The Project: This project develops tailor-made redox-active polymers to prepare electrodes for electrochemical synthesis. These new electrode materials will be employed as the active electrode material for electrochemical synthesis and are designed to undergo rapid electron transfer reactions. The outcome of the project is a highly active precious metal-free electrode material for reductive electrochemical reactions.

What you will do: You will synthesize redox-active polymers with state-of-the-art polymerization techniques. First, you will tune the energy levels of the polymers by varying the chemical composition of the repeat units of the polymer. Once you have identified the ideal polymer backbone, you will tune the local environment of the polymer by attaching functional groups, so-called side chains, to the polymer backbone. These side chains will increase the solubility of the polymer to process polymers from solution and also improve the transport of ions to develop bulk active electrodes.

Synthesis of polymers.tif
Synthesis of polymers.tif

What you will learn from us:

  • Polymerization techniques (CH-activation, cross-coupling reactions)

  • Purification methods

  • State-of-the-art characterization techniques

After the completion of your master's thesis project, you will be able to synthesize redox-active polymers and understand structure-property relationships. 

Skills to bring:

  • Being a team player

  • Open for learning

  • Training your colleagues

  • Supporting others

This is a synthetic project - the majority of your time will be spent working within the group chemistry lab.

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