City:  Straubing
Date:  Feb 12, 2024

Bachelor or master thesis in the field of electrochemical processes in Straubing

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ( currently operates 76 institutes and research institutions throughout Germany and is the world’s leading applied research organization. Around 30 800 employees work with an annual research budget of 3.0 billion euros. 


At the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB, we combine biology and technology across competencies in our business areas of Health, Sustainable Chemistry, and Environment. For more than 70 years, we have been developing processes, technologies, and products and successfully bringing them to industrial application. We conduct research at our sites in Stuttgart, Leuna, and Straubing in close cooperation with numerous universities and research institutes in Germany and abroad.


In the Innovation Field of Sustainable Catalytic Processes, we develop methods to the sustainable green transition to a circular economy in industrial chemical production. Through electrocatalytic power-to-X-to-Y processes, CO2 can be converted into platform chemicals. Bachelor's or Master's theses in our group are involved in the preparation of electrodes and its characterization in electrochemical processes. In addition, there is a focus on upscaling to bridge the gap between laboratory and industrial applications. Topics of interests are electrochemical CO2 reduction and electrochemical upgrade of bio-based compounds.


What you will do


  • Work with electrochemical cells
  • Literature research on the state of the art
  • Preparation of electrodes containing active catalysts
  • Evaluation of electrochemical performance
  • Correlations between raw materials, operating parameters and production rate
  • Evaluation, discussion, and periodic reporting of results


What you bring to the table


  • Suitable for Bachelor's/Master's students in chemistry, chemical engineering, physics, electrical engineering, physical chemistry or similar courses
  • Experience/knowledge in electrochemistry (cyclic voltammetry, electrolysis), organic/inorganic synthesis, material characterization (SEM, XRD, FTIR) and analytics (GC- / LC-MS) is an advantage
  • Enjoy experimental work in the laboratory, ability to work in an international team, commitment and sense of responsibility


What you can expect


  • Participation on current projects with clear objectives
  • Room for independent work and creative collaboration
  • Attractive specialization topic with high interest from industries
  • Exciting tasks in a dynamic environment of an internationally renowned research institution
  • Modern equipment and work methods, as well as excellent chances for professional and personal development
  • Flexible working hours and an excellent working atmosphere in a highly motivated team


We value and promote the diversity of our employees' skills and therefore welcome all applications - regardless of age, gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion, ideology, disability, sexual orientation and identity. Severely disabled persons are given preference in the event of equal suitability.


The weekly working time is by agreement. The position is initially limited to 6 months. Remuneration is based on the general works agreement on the employment of auxiliary staff.


With its focus on developing key technologies that are vital for the future and enabling the commercial utilization of this work by business and industry, Fraunhofer plays a central role in the innovation process. As a pioneer and catalyst for groundbreaking developments and scientific excellence, Fraunhofer helps shape society now and in the future. 

Interested? Apply online now. We look forward to getting to know you!


For questions regarding the applicationprocess please contact Frau Manuela Göttig-Fickert.

Phone: 09421 / 9380 - 1000

Please apply only over the fraunhofer internet platform.

Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB 


Requisition Number: 49183                Application Deadline:


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