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R9817 Undergrad/Graduate (Year-Round) Intern - Electrodialysis Testing

The project will be the development of state-of-the-art bipolar membranes for electrodialysis devices for use in direct air capture of carbon dioxide. The bipolar membranes will be designed to durably operate at high currents (1 A/cm2) with low water dissociation overpotential losses.

The candidate will test combinations of bipolar membranes, cation exchange membranes, and spacers in bipolar membrane electrodialysis (BMED) devices. The candidate will use an electrodialysis test stand and vary electrical currents, electrolyte compositions and flow rates, and record current efficiencies for a variety of bipolar membranes synthesized for the project. The electrochemical performance of membranes in BMED will be used as feedback to guide additional membrane synthesis.

In general, candidates should have a demonstrated track record of success in addressing fundamental and applied science questions and devising solutions to challenging problems. 
This will be an onsite, minimum 20 hours per week internship.

Basic Qualifications

Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a Bachelor's, Master's or PhD degree program, or graduated in the past 12 months from an accredited institution. Internship period cannot exceed 12 months past graduation. Minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

Please Note:
•You will need to upload official or unofficial school transcripts as part of the application process.
•If selected for position, a letter of recommendation will be required as part of the hiring process.

Additional Required Qualifications

  • BA in Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience using electrochemical techniques to characterize materials.
  • Possesses general research laboratory skills, such as the ability to set-up and operate lab equipment and instrumentation, handle chemicals in a safe manner, and perform laboratory experiment record-keeping and data entry.