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Internship – Lithium-Sulfur Batteries

Stuttgart, Germany, DLR Institute of Space Systems

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Field(s) of expertise
Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
Job type
Internship
Education
Diploma
Deadline
Closed

Responsibilities

Demanded batteries for electromobility require a higher energy density and cycle stability than the-state-of-art lithium-ion batteries. Among next-generation batteries, lithium-sulfur is considered as a potential candidate offering high gravimetric energy density. However, the realization of this system as commercial product remains challenged due to the capacity fade originating from the so-called polysulfide-shuttle effect (PSS) as well as the problems associated with using metallic lithium as negative electrode namely unstable solid electrolyte interphase and dendrite formation. The battery group at DLR is focusing on different approaches to address these challenges and optimize Li-S batteries aiming at increasing sulfur utilization, extending lifetime and revealing origin and approaches to avoid capacity fade:

  • Development and optimization of the composite cathode:
    • investigation of different carbon material as the host matrix for the sulfur cathode
    • material and component characterization employing variety of techniques (e.g., SEM, EDX, XRD, DTA, TGA etc.)
  • Development and modification of the electrolyte and separator:
    • investigation of electrochemical properties of various liquid electrolytes and membranes
  • Preparation and investigation of Li-S cell:
    • manufacturing of Li-S cells incorporating the developed electrode and electrolyte
    • electrochemical characterization of cells (cycling, polarization and  electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, …)
    • analyzing formation of  various ionic species in different state of charge to understand the reduction processes of sulfur and polysulfide dissolution using in-situ techniques (e. g. Raman or UV-vis)

Profile

  • studies in chemistry, material science and chemical engineering
  • knowledge and experience in electrochemistry, battery technology and organic chemistry are advantageous
  • very good English or German speaking and writing

Your benefits:

Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy places great value on a healthy family and work-life-balance as well as equal opportunities for persons of all genders (m/f/non-binary). Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.