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3 years postdoctoral fellow position in Materials Science for Batteries

ABG-106412 Job Any
2022-06-21 Fixed-term 36 Month Salaire à négocier
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Université of LIEGE - GREENMAT
Liège - Belgium
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering sciences
Batteries, Recyling of Si-based solar panels, Composite materials for batteries, European Project, M-ERA.Net
Research and Development


GREEnMat - a chemistry research laboratory - is specialized in the optimized synthesis and recycling of nano-/microsized powders (oxides, hybrid, ...) as cathode or anode materials, the development of formulations (suspensions and/or slurries) for the processing of layers (by spray or tape-casting) to be assembled into batteries (from coin to pouch cells).

GREEnMat is the only Belgian university laboratory able to produce and evaluate inorganic materials for Na- and Li-ion batteries from laboratory to pilot scale (grams to kilograms) with its own equipment.
It is indeed equipped with several pilot units for the green synthesis of powders: two hydrothermal reactors (5.5 and 100 liters) and two spray-dryers (5 liters/h - aqueous or non-aqueous (ATEX-inert atmosphere) feed). GreenMat has also equipment for the deposition of the electrode or electrolyte materials (Spray and Doctor Blade).

GREEnMat aims at preparing (new) materials with well controlled morphology and at reducing use of critical raw elements (using Fe, Mn, P, S, Si, .....) by green processes.
Different synthesis conditions and electrode preparation parameters are tested to maximize energy and power density and to improve the overall system cyclability.

GREEnMat has also an extensive expertise in material characterization and is equipped for:
(i) the complete physico-chemical characterization of the designed materials (XRD, Mössbauer spectroscopy, scanning/transmission electron microscopes, TG/TDA, SEM, TEM, BET, Raman spectroscopy, etc.)
(ii) the cell assembly and electrochemical characterization of the materials in half-cell and full-cell configurations (coin cell and pouch cells).
GREEnMat has capabilities to manufacture prototype cells or cell components with distinctive features.

All obtained materials are thoroughly analyzed using electrochemical techniques (galvanostatic cycling, cyclic voltammetry and impedance spectroscopy). GREEnMat is also experienced in the study of the reaction mechanisms operating during the discharge/charge processes of electrode materials by operando and in situ techniques (XRD, impedance and Raman spectroscopies).

Today, the laboratory is currently involved in several national and European research projects related to the synthesis and the development of new materials for Alkali-ion batteries and also recycling of batteries.

For more information about our energy storage research and publications : https://www.greenmat.uliege.be/cms/c_9275701/en/greenmat-battery-research-at-greenmat


Position and assignments

Context and work description
GREEnMat - Group of Research In Energy and Environment From MATerials - is offering a challenging position for 3 years to a researcher to work on a hot topic project focused on the recycling of the solar panels and the development of advanced composite materials as anode materials for Li-ion batteries in collaboration with other European university and research center as well as an industrial group.
The position would be opened from September 1, 2022.

Job description

You will be responsible for the research and development of advanced composite materials with controlled morphology and composition using recycled silicon from solar panels.

Your tasks will include :

- Review of the literature search on the recent development of the advanced energy materials;
- Experimental research on the preparation of silicon nano-powders recovered from end-of-life solar panels;
- Design and development of composite materials (with controlled morphology and composition) by hydrothermal synthesis;
- Collaboration with renowned research groups in the field;
- Physico-chemical and electrochemical characterizations of the recycled materials and hydrothermally synthesized powders;
- Publication of results in international journals;
- Participation in national/international meetings, workshops, and conferences to present your work;
- Reporting to project partners at periodic meetings.

Geographic mobility:


Starting date




- You have a PhD in inorganic chemistry, Materials Science, Physics, or a related field. Prior experience in battery research is highly required.
- You are able to work independently and take responsibility for the progress and quality of projects.
- You are able to pursue challenging interdisciplinary problems.

- You have excellent reporting skills and you are able to present scientific results (publications, conferences, project meetings, and seminars).
- You can easily integrate an interdisciplinary team with diverse backgrounds.
- You have excellent English communication skills (written and spoken at a technical level).

Due to the postdoctoral fellow funding, you must be in a situation of international mobility (not having resided or carried out your main activity in Belgium for more than 24 months during the last three years immediately preceding September 1, 2022).
At hiring date (September 1, 2022), you have received your PhD diploma less than 10 years ago.

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