Reference : UMR7564-MATETI-017
Nombre de Postes : 1
Workplace : VILLERS LES NANCY
Date of publication : Friday, December 23, 2022
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 18 months
Expected date of employment : 1 February 2023
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : From 2833€ gross, adjustable according to the level of experience
Desired level of education : 5-year university degree
Experience required : Indifferent
Electrochemical actuators based on 2D nanomaterials especially MXenes are emerging in recent years. They convert electrical energy to mechanical energy via electrochemical processes, which can be driven at much lower voltage as compared with dielectric elastomeric actuators. For the development of materials towards better performance targeting at human-machine interface applications, it is important to understand the relationship between electrochemical behavior and strain response at micro- or nano-scale. This will be realized by scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) or scanning gel electrochemical microscopy (SGECM) coupled with localized force measurements.
This postdoctoral researcher position is dedicated to the development of gel electrolyte, targeting at two key tasks in the project: (1) Improve the gel properties for SGECM measurements of local electrochemical reactivity and force response. (2) Develop bio-friendly gel electrolyte for braille application with MXene electrochemical actuators.
Requirements of the candidate:
(1) Valid Ph.D. degree by the starting date of the position.
(2) Fluent in English communication. French language is not mandatory.
(3) Education background in Physics, Chemistry or Chemical Engineering, with strong experience in polymer chemistry and engineering, as well as electrochemistry. Experience and interest in instrumentation development and/or data analysis is a bonus.
The work is supported by an ANR-NRF international collaboration project between France and Singapore: High Performance Microelectrochemical Actuators based on 2D MXenes. The postdoctoral researcher will work with CNRS researchers Dr. Mathieu Etienne and Dr. Liang Liu, in an internationally recognized electrochemistry and analytical chemistry team. Dr. Mathieu Etienne is expert in shear force SECM, and active in the fields of bio-electrochemistry, redox flow batteries and bio-electrochemical remediation of natural water. Dr. Liang Liu has developed the gel probes and instrumentation for local optical/electrochemical measurements in the recent years. The work will be carried out in Laboratoire de Chimie Physique et Microbiologie pour les Matériaux et l'Environnement (LCPME), with expected collaboration with Singaporean research team led by Prof. Pooi See Lee from Nanyang Technological University. The postdoctoral researcher will have a work contract with CNRS. The initial contract is 18 months, starting as soon as possible.
We talk about it on Twitter!