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Reference : UMR6506-REMGUI-001
Workplace : CAEN
Date of publication : Monday, November 02, 2020
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 30 months
Expected date of employment : 1 February 2021
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2600 à 3800 EUR per month (gross). Appointment on the above range will be dependent upon qualifications and experience.
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : 1 to 4 years
The main objective of the project is to develop and optimize, based on an advanced and integrative characterization, simulation and modelization strategy, performant and stable under relevant conditions, zeolitic materials (from crystal to technical adsorbent) for the separation, storage, and transport of CH4 and H2.
The candidate will conduct an autonomous research project in the area of Materials Chemistry at large and with emphasis on the modelling and simulation of modern zeolitic materials starting from the crystal and including their interaction with guest species on various scales if possible. A specific focus will be set on accessibility and diffusion studies in complex interconnected structure spanning over different pore size scales. Theoretical data will serve as a basis and/or confirmation for the experimental design and optimization of better zeolitic materials via reverse engineering for gas separation/storage of H2 and CH4 as well as other small molecules of interest.
- PhD in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering or Physics or Physical Engineering or related field.
- Previous experience in Materials Chemistry would be highly appreciated.
- Solid experience with simulation, modelling and characterization of nanoporous materials for accessibility diffusion studies is required (ex.: DFT, MC, ab initio, molecular dynamics simulations, PFG-NMR, …).
- Being familiar with experimental solid-state characterization and pore networking probing techniques (such gas physisorption. multi-nuclear NMR, dynamic sorption, ….) is recommended.
- We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with teamwork skills as well as high oral and written communication skills.
- Good command of English and/or French language is a must.
The project will take place within the framework of the Chair of Excellence RIN RECHERCHE 2020 led by Rémy Guillet-Nicolas (research associate, CNRS). The work will be mostly conducted at the LCS – Laboratoire Catalyse & Spectrochimie (https://www.lcs.ensicaen.fr) located in Caen. The LCS has built its reputation on the operando spectroscopy of catalysts, that is, on observing the materials in the chemical reactor, in real time, during the reaction. Since 2009, the LCS has also been recognized worldwide for its research in the design of complex microporous materials, such as modern zeolitic materials, with very specific and tailorable properties. With a combination of very strong poles in synthesis, infrared spectroscopy, but also in NMR and Raman spectroscopy, the LCS occupies a unique place to carry out competitive research of the highest level in the field of energy, bioresources and materials. The selected candidate will be attached to UMR6506 and the zeolite team led by Dr. Valentin Valtchev (Research director, CNRS). The successful candidate will report to both Rémy Guillet-Nicolas and Valentin Valtchev. Short travels to various locations in France and/or Europe are likely if and when the sanitary situation allows it.
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