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Post-doc - Structural and chemical characterizations of palladium-hydrogen systems for breakthrough zero emission heat generation (M/W)

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Français - Anglais

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General information

Reference : UMR5279-FREMAI-005
Date of publication : Monday, September 07, 2020
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 12 months
Expected date of employment : 1 November 2020
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : between 2648 € and 3768 € gross depending on experience
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : 1 to 4 years


The post-doc student hired at LEPMI will be responsible for rationalizing structural, chemical and electrochemical changes of Pd and Pd alloy nanoparticles using conventional electron microscopy and X-ray based techniques such as transmission electron microscopy, scanning transmission electron microscopy, scanning transmission electron microscopy combined with X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy, laboratory and Synchrotron radiation X-ray diffraction, and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. She(he) will also benefit from an ongoing collaboration between LEPMI and the ESRF to track structural changes of such Pd-based nanoparticles in hydrogen-evolution reaction conditions.


main task: Ensure the follow-up of the HERMES project linking LEPMI and several European universities,
Main tasks: Characterization by electrochemistry, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and scanning transmission electron microscopy,
Secondary task: Determination of electrocatalytic activity for the hydrogen evolution,
Seciondary task: Synthesis of nanomaterials.


Skills in materials science and / or electron microscopy and / or synthesis of nanomaterials and / or X-ray diffraction,
- Autonomy,
- Ability to work in a team,
- Ability to write reports/publications,
- Good knowledge of English and French required.

Work Context

Under the framework of a collaborative project funded by H2020 (HERMES), Laboratory of Electrochemistry and Physico-Chemistry (LEPMI), University of Aalto and University of Turku (Finland), Technische Universität München (TUM, Germany), Imperial College London (UK), Ceitec (Czech Republic) and University of Limerick (Ireland) aim at (i) developing highly reproducible methods to study heat generation and other anomalous effects in hydrogen-metal (H-M) systems, (ii) developing highly reproducible methods to manufacture nanostructured H-M systems; (iii) demonstrating utilization of state-of-the-art tools to study H-M systems Specifically, HERMES will develop and demonstrate the use of advanced large scale research facilities such as synchrotrons, neutron sources, as well as mass-spectrometry and positron annihilation spectroscopy to study isotope effects on well-structured catalysts, (iv) exploring the possibility for breakthrough zero-emissions heat generation with H-M systems. Specifically, HERMES will aim to understand, verify and demonstrate heat generation as well as other anomalous effects from deuterium-palladium systems. LEPMI (https://lepmi.grenoble-inp.fr/) is a joint CNRS - Grenoble INP - UGA - Université Savoie Mont-Blanc research unit comprising about 100 researchers. Its research themes concern the storage and electrochemical conversion of energy, combining materials science and electrochemical engineering. The post-doctorate will be carried out in the Interfacial Electrochemistry and Processes (EIP) team under the direction of Dr. Frédéric Maillard.

Constraints and risks

Risks related to the use of chemical solvents

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