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Reference : UMR7515-VALCAP-001
Workplace : STRASBOURG
Date of publication : Friday, December 07, 2018
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 11 months
Expected date of employment : 1 February 2019
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : according to CNRS, c.a. 2605 € raw/month (2094 € net/month)
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : 1 to 4 years
The post-doc will be part of the "Photocatalysis and photoconversion" (dir. V. Keller) and "Electrochemistry and Energy Conversion" (dir. E. Savinova) teams of the Institut of Chemistry and Processes for Environment, Energy and Health (ICPEES). Their research is focused on the design of nanomaterials for Energy and Environnement applications, more specifically applications related to novel renewable fuels, such as sun and hydrogen. The research is based on the understanding of the molecular mechanisms involved. He (she) will work under the supervision of Drs. V. Caps, S. Pronkin et G. Kéranguéven in the frame of ANR OH Risque 2014 project PICATA, which is related to the « Developement of ultra-stable hydrophobic heterogeneous catalysts using pi interactions. ».
PICATA is one of the 15 basic research projets with high scientific potential funded by the National Research Agency (ANR) in 2014, all fields included. A novel synthetic route of metal/graphene nanocomposites has been designed on the basis of non covalent interactions. Applicable to various elements, this approach has led to new materials with remarkable properties in soft oxidation catalysis in particular. In the second phase of the project, we wish to develop applications of these nanomaterials for electrochemical devices of energy conversion and storage. Hence, the post-doc will be asked to perform chemical syntheses of nanomaterials, to characterize these nanomaterials with a ensemble de physico-chemical techniques enabling determination of texture, structuration, surface chemistry, thermal stability, redox properties, size and interaction between nanoparts within the composites and to evaluate their electrocatalytic properties, especially in ORR and OER, and their properties towards storage of an electrical charge. Optimisation of the performances will be carried out in a rationnal manner, which will require to understand the mechanisms at play at the molecular and nanoscopic levels in oder to establish structure-function relationships which will allow us to tune chemical and structural formulations and characteristics.
• Recent PhD (after dec. 2017) in physical chemistry with a specialisation in nanomaterials and electrochemistry applied to energy conversion and/or storage.
• Strong knowledge in electrochemistry (energy storage, supercapacitors), electrocatalysis (OER, ORR), and physico-chemical (XRD, BET, TGA, FTIR, Raman, XPS, TEM) and electrochemical (CV, RDDE) characterisation of nanocomposite powders, associated with not less than 3 years experience in these scientific and technical fields
• Operational know-how: bottom-up synthesis of carbon-based nanocomposite powders, electrode preparation
• Fluency in English, both spoken and written. Fluency in French is a plus.
• Ability to handle ideas and concepts, taste for basic research
• Ability to position the work done with respect to the state of the art
• Ability to produce independent and original research in the area
• Ability to communicate, argue, analyse, summarise. Critical mind
• Writing abilities, ability to publish and promote his(her) research
• High autonomy, initiative, multi-task, organisational skills, efficient time management
• Ability to work as part of a team, skills in collaborative work on multidisciplinary projects, reporting skills
• Ability to work in compliance with safety rules and procedures, ability to work on deadlines, adaptability, flexibility
• Ability to learn, openness to skills development
The successful candidate will benefit from access to the whole park of instrumentation available at the institute and in the close surroundings, the know-how of experts in the fields of nanomaterials, electrocatalysis and energy storage, the scientific life of the institute and the particularly rich scientific and cultural microcosm of the University of Strasbourg (Université d'Excellence).
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