Closing date for applications:  • Location: Leipzig Master thesis (f/m/x) – Subject: Microbial induced corrosion in hypersaline ecosystems
Hydrogen (H2) gas is a key player in achieving the energy transition. However, systems for production, distribution and storage have yet to be investigated and improved. Due to their excellent geochemical properties, salt caverns can serve as potential large scale storages for H2. However, H2 introduction might initiate microbial growth based on the reduction of sulphate, which is usually available in excess in salt caverns. Reduction of sulphate results in the formation of hydrogen sulphide, a highly toxic and corrosive gas, which can interfere with the integrity of the storage plant components. It is therefore necessary to investigate its effects on steel spcecimen in hypersaline cultivation setups.