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Post Doctoral Researcher, Proton Exchange Membrane Research

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College / VP Area: College of Engineering
Work type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Research & Laboratory, Full Time

The researcher will work with Professor Wagner and the Proton Exchange Membrane Research for Cost-Competitive Zero-Emission Heavy Vehicles research team comprised of UD, Chemours, NREL & Plug Power under the auspices of the Department of Defense.  The research will focus on development of additives for perfluorinated sulfonic acids copolymers (PSACs) with the objective of overcoming the conductivity-mechanical strength balance limitations. The research will include both proprietary and publishable work.


  • Work with UD, national laboratory, and industry researchers to develop nanoparticle and polymeric additives for ionomers for use in fuel cells
  • Perform characterization membrane microstructure using materials science techniques including x-Ray, neutron, rheology, as well as processing using rheo-SANS and rheo-RAMAN methods.
  • Draft and complete scientific manuscripts in conjunction with the PIs and collaborators.
  • Responsible for data management, analysis, and presentation of results to government, academic, and industrial scientists, management and business leaders, as well as at relevant scientific conferences.  

A PhD or equivalent in chemical engineering, physical chemistry, materials science, physics or related fields with experience in experimental measurements of polymers and nanoparticles. Expertise in scattering methods and rheology is strongly desired.  Strong interpersonal skills along with analytical skills.

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