PhD position: Development of Graphene-Biocatalysts for Enzymatic Biofuel Cells DTU Chemistry Denmark

PhD position: Development of Graphene-Biocatalysts for Enzymatic Biofuel Cells


DTU Chemistry



Deadline January 5, 2018

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A PhD position is open in the group NanoChemistry at the Department of Chemistry, Technical University of Denmark. The project is aimed at Development of Graphene-Biocatalysts for Enzymatic Biofuel Cells.


Project description

This project aims at developing biocatalysts for enzymatic biofuel cells (EBFCs) with high activity and long lifetime. We plan to design and synthesize redox enzymes with graphene to construct biocatalysts. Enzymes which can catalyze oxidation of fuel molecules such as glucose and alcohol, reduction of dioxygen will be selected as targeted enzymes for bioanodes and cathodes, respectively. The project will construct biocatalysts with a large surface area in 3 dimensions (3D) to confine enzymes and increase their stability and electron transfer efficiency. The most promising biocatalysts will be used as electrode materials to construct EBFCs. Interdisciplinary methodology from chemistry, biochemistry and energy conversion will be used to investigate structural-function relations of the newly developed biocatalysts. Electrochemistry techniques play a role for the investigation of both the biocatalysts and the EBFCs. De projectopdrachten bevatten constructie of biocatalysts met elektrocatalytische functie voor biocathode en bioanode, structurele en functionele studie van de biocatalysts, ontwerp en constructie of EBFCs en test ze in de EBFCs.

The position will be available from the 15th March 2018 to the 14th March 2021 and be supervised by Professor Jingdong Zhang (main supervisor) and Professor Jens Ulstrup (co-supervisor).




Candidates must have a master's degree in chemistry, biochemistry or biofysics, or academic experience equivalent to a master's degree in engineering, specifically with:

  • A sterke experimentele achtergrond in bioelektrochemie, biofuelcellen, energieconversie, inorganische chemie, materiaalchemie, en fysische chemie.

  • Een sterke achtergrond voor experimentele elektrochemie en elektrochemische data modellering.

  • A candidate with experience on bioelectrocatalysis, enzyme electrochemistry, electrochemical energy conversion, chemical synthesis or graphene, 3-dimensional graphene or its hybrids and advanced microscopies such as scanning tunneling microscope, atomic force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) will be preferred.

  • Full-hearted, hard working, and highly motivated commitment to research.

  • Independence and cooperation with the research team.

  • Goede communicatie in de Engelse taal.


Approval and Enrollment 


The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programs of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrollment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide .



The assessment of the applicants will be made by Jingdong Zhang and Jens Ulstrup.


We offer

DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility. 

Salary and appointment terms

The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. De toelating zal worden afgesproken met de relevante unie. The period of employment is 3 years. 

You can read more about career paths at DTU here .


Further information 

For further information please contact Professor Jingdong Zhang, DTU Chemistry, email: . 

You can read more about the NanoChemistry group at




Please submit your online application no later than 5 January 2018 (Local time) . 


Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials to English in one PDF file . The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)

  • Curriculum vitae

  • At least two recommendation letters from his / her supervisors

  • Degree transcripts and BSc / MSc degree

  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here )

  • Research plan

  • Bachelor and MSc thesis


Promising applicants will be contacted and called for interviews.  

Kandidaten kan søke før deres masteruddannelse, men kan ikke begynde før de har modtaget det.


Alle interesserede kandidater uden hensyn til alder, køn, race, handicap, religion eller etnisk baggrund er opfordret til at anvende. 

DTU is een technisch universiteit dat internationaal leiding geeft aan onderzoek, onderwijs, innovatie en wetenschappelijk advies. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; og våre 11.000 studenter er uddannet til at adressere de teknologiske utfordringer for fremtiden. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.

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