KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Chemical Science & Engineering

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

The School of Chemical Science and Engineering includes the areas Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Fibre and Polymer Technology. It encompasses both fundamental and applied Chemical sciences and seeks sustainable development through scientific excellence. Many research activities are interdisciplinary across the borders from Chemistry to Materials science, Environmental science, Biochemistry, Biology and Medicine. The School offers a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Chemistry, Degree Programs in Engineering Chemistry, Technical Preparatory Year and three international master programs: Chemical Engineering for Energy and the Environment, Macromolecular Materials and Molecular Science and Engineering. We also cooperate with the master programs Energy and Environment, Materials Design and Biotechnology.

Job description

Carbon fibre reinforced polymers (CFRP) are versatile materials. Our basic idea is to use carbon fibres as electrodes and to carry mechanical loads in a structural battery, and to use a lithium ion conductive polymer electrolyte matrix for lithium ion transport and electrical isolation between the electrodes, and for mechanical transfer of loads between fibres,. Carbon fibres are particularly suitable for this type of multifunctional use as carbon is widely used both as electrodes in lithium-ion batteries and in high-performance carbon fibres. Structural batteries multifunctional facilities are expected to provide significant savings in overall system mass and volume. The approach is relatively new and faces significant scientific challenges in terms of technology, design, materials and applications. For the development of these new multifunctional materials has a multidisciplinary team of scientists with combined expertise in electrochemistry, polymer technology, materials science, physics and mechanics, established over the past few years.

This Ph.D.-project will focus on electrochemical and mechanical characterisation of carbon fibres, structural batteries, design and testing of various structural battery architectures, performance modelling of structural batteries, and design, manufacturing and testing of lab-scale demonstrators. Part of the work will also cover testing and design of additional functionalities that can be utilized in a structural battery; sensing, actuation and energy harvesting. The project is strongly coupled to similar Ph.D.-projects at both the School of Chemical Science and Engineering and School of Engineering Sciences at KTH, and the student will be working closely together them and with a large project team that involves all the supervisors. All doctoral students are expected to learn each other's disciplines and to work together both theoretically and experimentally.


A suitable background for the project is a master of science in chemical engineering, engineering physics (engineering science or a related field. The project is multi-disciplinary and broad technical background is an advantage. Good oral and written communication skills in English and Swedish are an advantage. The candidate should be highly motivated for doing scientific research and should have well developed analytical and problem solving skills as well as an interest and curiosity for electrochemical applications and multifunctional carbon fibres.

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  2. Curriculum vitae including the applicant’s degree(s), a list of previous courses, and laboratory experience, etc.
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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary according to KTH's Ph.D. student salary agreement
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number K-2017-0328
  • Göran Lindbergh,Professor, +46 8 790 8995, gnli@kth.se
  • Matilda Klett, Postdoc, +46 8 790 8078, mklett@kth.se
  • Dan Zenkert, Professor, +46 8 790 8078, danz@kth.se
Published 13.Apr.2017
Last application date 12.Jun.2017 11:59 PM CET

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