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Reference : UMR8180-CLEFAL-001
Workplace : VERSAILLES
Date of publication : Friday, October 04, 2019
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 18 months
Expected date of employment : 11 November 2019
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : between 2600 and 3000 € gross monthly according to experience
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : 1 to 4 years
Many biological systems are hierarchical supramolecular assemblies built from association of complementary functional modules linked by weak specific interactions for their higher level structural organization. The aim of this postdoc project aims is to design, with rational and bio-inspired approach, breakthrough photocatalytic supramolecular systems built from self-assembly of complementary robust inorganic polynuclear entities such as polyoxometalates and metal clusters using supramolecular linkers
The proposed scientific program will be divided into three tasks: i) designing multi-component supramolecular architectures and multi-scale characterization of their self-assembly processes (advanced NMR, ESI-mass, SAXS, ITC...); ii) tracking the electron transfer processes between inorganic units (key step for photocatalytic devices) through advanced characterization of optical and electrochemical properties; iii) exploring the photocatalytic activity of the resulting supramolecular assemblies, focusing on H2 production and CO2 reduction.
The candidate should have performed his/her PhD in inorganic chemistry or in supramolecular chemistry. The project will be performed in interaction with other research groups thereby the candidate is expected to have good communication skills and team-working capabilities. An experience related to the preparation/characterization of polynuclear species (chalcogenide clusters or POMs), or functionalization of macrocyclic entities will be considered as an advantage.
The activity of the MIM team merges various expertises from the synthesis of new inorganic molecules or materials to the deep studies of their properties using specific methods (NMR spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction...).
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