PhD position: Development of Graphene-Biocatalysts for Enzymatic Biofuel Cells

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A PhD position is open in the group NanoChemistry at Department of Chemistry, Technical University of Denmark. The project is aimed at Development of Graphene-Biocatalysts for Enzymatic Biofuel Cells.

Project description
This project aims at development of biocatalysts for enzymatic biofuel cells (EBFCs) with high activity and long lifetime. We plan to design and synthesize redox enzymes with graphene to construct biocatalysts. Enzymes which can catalyze oxidation of fuel molecules such as glucose and alcohol, reduction of dioxygen will be chosen as targeted enzymes for bioanodes and cathodes, respectively. The project will construct biocatalysts with a large surface area in 3 dimensions (3D) to confine enzymes and increase their stability and electron transfer efficiency. The most promising biocatalysts will be used as electrode materials to construct EBFCs. Interdisciplinary methodology from chemistry, biochemistry and energy conversion will be employed to investigate structure-function relations of the newly developed biocatalysts. Electrochemistry techniques play a role for investigation of both the biocatalysts and the EBFCs. The project tasks contain construction of biocatalysts with electrocatalytic function for biocathode and bioanode, structural and functional study of the biocatalysts, design and construction of EBFCs and test them in the EBFCs.
The position will be available from the 15th March 2018 to the 14th March 2021 and be supervised by Professor Jingdong Zhang (main supervisor) and Professor Jens Ulstrup (co-supervisor).

Candidates must have a master's degree in chemistry, biochemistry or biophysics, or academic experience equivalent to a master's degree in engineering, specifically with:
  • A strong experimental background in bioelectrochemistry, biofuel cells, energy conversion, inorganic chemistry, material chemistry, and physical chemistry.
  • A strong background relating to experimental electrochemistry and electrochemical data modelling.
  • A candidate with experience on bioelectrocatalysis, enzyme electrochemistry, electrochemical energy conversion, chemical synthesis of graphene, 3 dimensional graphene or its hybrids and advanced microscopies such as scanning tunnelling microscope, atomic force microscopy,  transmission electron microscopy (TEM) will be preferred.
  • Full-hearted, hard working, and highly motivated commitment to research.
  • Independence and cooperation with the research team.
  • Good communication in the English language.
Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Jingdong Zhang and Jens Ulstrup.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and an academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

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Further information
For additional information please contact Professor Jingdong Zhang, DTU Chemistry, email:

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Please submit your online application no later than 5 January 2018 (Local time).

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:
  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • At least two recommendation letters from his/her supervisors
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)
  • Research plan
  • Bachelor and MSc thesis

Promising applicants will be contacted and called for interviews. 

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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