Postdoctoral Scholarship - Micro batteries fabricated by ultrasound directed self-assembly

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm is the largest and oldest technical university in Sweden. No less than one-third of Sweden’s technical research and engineering education capacity at university level is provided by KTH. Education and research spans from natural sciences to all branches of engineering and includes Architecture, Industrial Management and Urban Planning. There are a total of 12,400 full year students at first and second levels, almost 1,900 active (at least 50 per cent) research students and 5,100 employees.

The workplace

You will work at the division of Fibre Technology.

Project description

In this work we will pattern nanoparticles on electrode surfaces via standing surface acoustic waves (SSAW). This method will allow us to assemble ultra-high power micrometer-sized supercapacitors. We plan to use transition metal carbides and nitrides (MXenes) as the active material of capacitive electrodes, in combination with other phases for electron and ion mobility, such as carbon nanoparticles and polymers like polyethylene oxides.

MXenes offers metallic conductivity, superior ion intercalation behavior, and hydrophilicity, which reveal great promise as potential electrode materials for electrochemical energy storage. MXenes are 2D materials with a weak interaction between layers. Such structure provides from one side metallic-like behavior in the planes, and on the other side allows fast ion transport for charge-carrying ions between planes. Combining MXenes with polymer ion conductors potentially provide better cyclic stability due to suppressing volume change effect at the intercalation process, and even faster diffusion for ions.


Candidates must have a PhD in materials science. 


Apply to this scholarship by e-mail to
You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad. Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than 2018-08-26. Mark your application with reference number C-2018-1239.

The application must include the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter (detailing both your previous scientific work experience and your interest in this position)
  • Research statement (max 2 pages)
  • Contact information for three references

Please observe that you apply for a scholarship, not an employment.

About the position/positions

Period: 1 year

Extent: Full-time

Amount of scholarship: According to agreement

Location: Stockholm

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