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Reference : UMR6506-SOPGRE-002
Workplace : CAEN
Date of publication : Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 12 months
Expected date of employment : 1 January 2020
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2600 to 3700 Gross monthly according to experience
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : 1 to 4 years
We are looking for a post-doctoral researcher in the frame of a European H2020 (MOF4AIR) contract, aiming at the selection of adsorbers based on hybrid organic-inorganic materials (MOFs) for CO2 capture from power supply and carbon-intensive industries.
The post-doc task will focus on the selection of best MOFs through stability tests under contaminants and co-adsorption and regeneration testing under operating conditions. The effect of the MOF scale-up and shaping will be also considered.
The post-doc will analyse the different MOFs via a methodology approach based on in situ and operando IR spectroscopy. In particular, he/she will take care of:
- continuously updating the bibliography concerning the investigated topic;
- analysing the thermal stability of a series of samples selected by the partners of the consortium via theoretical simulations;
- analysing the chemical-physical properties of the selected materials, as well as their CO2 storing capacities in the presence of a gas mixture similar to that of the industrial process (presence of water vapour, impurities, etc.);
- generating, understanding and elaborating a series of qualitative and quantitative data to identify the characteristics of each material;
- helping to select the best materials for an industrial application;
- studying the materials selected for scale-up and shaping, in conditions close to the industrial ones;
- providing qualitative and quantitative data to allow adsorbers and processes modelling;
- preparing reports, deliverables and presentations about the accomplished work.
The candidate will be titular of a doctorate in chemistry or chemical engineering, with an experience of 1-2 years in the academic research.
He/she will have developed competences in porous materials and adsorption.
Knowledge about infrared spectroscopy and kinetic modelling will be particularly appreciated.
The project being in collaboration with French and European partners, some short travels should be envisaged, notably for consortium regular meetings. Of course, the candidate will be fluent in English.
Independence, organisation ability and working time management will be essential as well.
The activity will be carried out at the LCS within the Spectrochime axis.
Power supply and carbon-intensive industries account for a large share of CO2 emissions. Shifting towards a low-carbon economy requires cost-effective carbon capture solutions to be developed, tested and deployed. Current solutions do not offer sufficient performances. Adsorption processes are promising alternatives for capturing CO2 from power plants and other energy intensive industries as cement, steel, or petrochemical industries. In this regard, Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) are a widely studied class of porous adsorbents that offer tremendous potential, owing to their large CO2 adsorption capacity and high CO2 affinity.
However, the performances of MOF-based carbon capture technologies have not been fully evaluated. MOF4AIR gathers 14 partners from 8 countries to develop and demonstrate the performances of MOF-based CO2 capture technologies in power plants and energy intensive industries.
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