MSc thesis project proposal

CNT as electrodes in micro battery applications

Project outside the university

TNO-Holst Centre

Carbon nanotubes (CNT) are very attractive for 3D structures, due to their high aspect ratio and fast growth speed. In this project, together with the Holst Centre in Eindhoven, the use of CNT for energy storage devices will be examined. The Holst Centre currently develops Roll-to-Roll manufacturing process for devices on foil for various applications like OLEDs, OPVs and also in advanced packaging. One of the new innovative topics Holst Centre is working on is Thin-film batteries. The battery program focuses on taking thin-film batteries to the next level by exploring the third dimensions -> 3D structuring

The aim of this student project is to investigate the rapid growth of CNT as an electrode material for micro batteries. The tasks will include investigation of various catalytic sub-layers for the growth of CNT, and the tuning of the CNT diameter and bundle density. The student will also be exposed to morphological and functional analysis techniques of the structures, which will involve measurements like SEM, EDX, AFM, Raman spectroscopy, etc.

Through TNO-Holst a financial reimbursement will be available for the MSc student.


Your tasks and responsibilities include:
  • Literature research to benchmark the know-how present as state-of-art.
  • Perform experiments in laboratory and clean room
  • CNT & Thin-film analysis, deposition and patterning
  • Participate in group meetings at Holst, provide feedback, discuss results, and propose solutions to various challenging aspects
  • Write intermediate experimental reports and final thesis report.


You are an ambitious master student with both scientific and practical skills looking for a thesis of at least 6-9 months. You have a physics, chemistry, material science or micro-electronics background. You are pro-active and independent, at the same time a good team player. Good communication skills in English is expected.

Contact Sten Vollebregt

Electronic Components, Technology and Materials Group

Department of Microelectronics

Last modified: 2018-01-15