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Chemist Researcher - Coordination chemistry and catalysis - H/F - Catalysts with Metal-Ligand Cooper

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Français - Anglais

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General information

Reference : UPR8241-PIESUT-001
Workplace : TOULOUSE
Date of publication : Friday, November 30, 2018
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 12 months
Expected date of employment : 4 February 2019
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : between 2500 and 2800 € according to experience
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : 1 to 4 years


To implement and develop organic, inorganic and metallic chemical species for the synthesis of metal-ligand complexes for catalysis in the context of renewable energies.


• Design and development of chemical synthesis techniques adapted to the targets of a scientific research field
• Select the appropriate synthesis techniques; develop experimental procedures adapted for a research project
• Coordinate or perform characterization of prepared products
• Validate the data and interpret the results
• Transmit its skills to people (PhD students and trainees) in the choice and implementation of experimental methods
• Analyze and answer to a research request in terms of choice of synthetic strategies and means to implement
• To carry out bibliographical research on the problematic of the research project and to update its knowledge
• Keep a lab notebook; write synthetic procedures of prepared compounds and solutions
• Write experimental procedures and produce a monthly activity report on the results of realized synthesis and their interpretation.
• Apply and enforce hygiene and safety rules in the laboratory
• Inventory management of chemicals, small materials, fluids or gas for the project
• Work in a team and communicate with the various staff and students of the institution


• Chemistry : deep knowledge
• Chemical synthetic methods : deep knowledge
• Analytical techniques in molecular chemistry : deep knowledge
• Chemical species : deep knowledge
• Language English : B2 à C1 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

Operating skills
• Use synhtetic methods : deep knowledge
• Use of bibliographic research tools : expert knowledge
• Apply safety rules in the lab : expert knowledge
• Use inert synthetic methods (glovebox, vaccum lines) : deep knowledge
• Use of characterization techniques of molecular chemistry : deep knowledge

Work Context

In the perspective of the 2018 Work Programme, CatEngy project has been named by the referees as an innovative project in nature which will have a substantial impact on advances in the field of green and sustainable energy in the academic discipline and in industry.
CatEngy research project aims to design unprecedented and efficient homogeneous organometallic catalysts with metal−ligand cooperation for challenging transformations targeting sustainable sources of energy.
Lately, in our group, we prepared remarkable robust air-stable tethered eta 5−oxocyclohexadienyl complexes. Our original straightforward synthetic pathway offers the opportunity to accomplish different fine-tuning steps in the preparation of unprecedented oxocyclohexadienyl metal complexes investigated in CatEngy project. We also intend to apply our synthetical process to prepare non-noble tethered eta 4−cyclopentadienone iron Shvo-type (Knölker) catalysts. A particular attention is dedicated to the structure-reactivity relationship of our original compounds based on rational studies (experimental and theoretical investigations).
The two main reactions, where our catalysts developed within this project will be evaluated in collaboration with our partner in Rennes, are the chemical storage of hydrogen through CO2 hydrogenation, and, the production of advanced biofuels by catalytic upgrade of bioethanol into biobutanol.
CatEngy project is at the interface of main-group chemistry, organometallic synthesis and homogeneous catalysis for sustainable energy.
CatEngy project will give the PhD student the opportunity to receive a multidisciplinary training involving: (i) the synthesis in controlled atmosphere following methods developed in the hosting team; (ii) the use of a number of advanced analytical methods (multi-nuclear liquid and solid NMR, IR, UV-visible, GC-MS, X-ray diffraction, electrochemistry,…) available at the laboratory and at the university campus, and, (iii) to discover the interplay between calculations and experiments (thanks to our collaboration with expert theoreticians).

Additional Information

This position is for young PhD researchers who have defended their doctorate.
An experiment in the chemistry of ruthenium and iron complexes will constitute an added value in the application.

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