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Reference : UMR7515-KONCHR-001
Workplace : STRASBOURG
Date of publication : Thursday, October 10, 2019
Scientific Responsible name : Valerie KELLER SPITZER
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 February 2020
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross monthly
Description of the thesis topic
Applications are invited for a 3 years PhD scholarship at the Institute of Chemistry and Processes for Energy, Environment and Health (ICPEES), Strasbourg, France. The PhD thesis is part of a MOPGA project that focuses of climate change. Global warming due to the increase of greenhouse gases dictate the production of carbon-free fuels and the reduction of CO2 levels in the atmosphere. The offered PhD position focuses on i) the application of photocatalysis for sustainable energy production through the production of H2 from water splitting as a carbon-free fuel and ii) CO2 capture and conversion in a CCUS process. The primary aim is to develop novel bi-functional nanomaterials, able to absorb CO2 and to act as photocatalysts making use of solar energy to perform redox reactions.
The project has a multidisciplinary character and deals with aspects of nanomaterials synthesis, catalysis, implementation process and chemical / physico-chemical characterization of the materials developed. From pure scientific point of view, the project is related with the development of several types of nano-materials: metal-oxide based semiconductors, organic semiconductors, metal organic frameworks (MOFs) and metallic nanoparticles. The materials will be applied as photocatalysts for i) H2 production from water splitting and ii) CO2 capture and conversion into fuels in a stand-alone process.
The project aims to create fundamental understanding of the underlying mechanisms in photocatalytic reduction reactions for fuels production using multi-phase materials. This is of great importance to engineer new multi-functional photoactive materials for industrial applications.
The doctoral student will be hired on the basis of a CNRS scholarship for 3 years. The research will be supervised by Professor Konstantinos Christoforidis and Dr Valerie Keller within the Catalysis and Materials Department (group of Photocatalysis and Photoconversion) of ICPEES (UMR CNRS 7515). The institute is located in the premises of the Ecole de Chimie de Strasbourg (ECPM) at the University of Strasbourg. The Photocatalysis and Photoconversion group has strong and long experience in the development of photoactive nanomaterials, their application in photocatalytic H2 production and CO2 reduction and has access to state-of-the-art infrastructures for materials characterization and testing. Interaction with partners working in the field of spectroscopy and photocatalysis is part of the project and the candidate may have short stays abroad.
We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, hard-working, autonomous candidate with the ability to think creatively and independently plan and execute his/her research tasks. The candidate should have good command of the English language with strong communication skills. Knowledge of French is not required. Highly motivated students with background (not exclusively) in chemistry, physical/chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering or other relevant subject areas are strongly encouraged to apply. Previous knowledge in nanomaterials development, photocatalysis, reaction engineering is welcome, but not mandatory.
The candidate must submit his/her full CV (a list of potential references is welcome), published work (if any) as well as his/her degrees notes and ranking together with a motivation letter.
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