Design and synthesis of bio-inspired copper catalyst. One-year post doctoral position avilable in Grenoble (DCM, Université Grenoble Alpes)
Description of the position: The position is a 12 months post doctoral fellowship funded by the French “Agence Nationale de la Recherche” (ANR) in the field of bio-inspired chemistry. The project will be held at the Département de Chimie Moléculaire (DCM), Team CIRe in Grenoble.
The proposal aims at designing new copper-based catalysts efficient for alkane oxidation. The design of these new catalysts comes from the inspiration of Nature with the structure and the functioning of oxygenases containing copper.
Methodology: (1) Synthesis of ligands designed to stabilize mixed-valent dicopper species that can be isolated in order to characterize it by several techniques (EPR, UV/Vis, spectro-electrochemistry….). (2) The second step will concern the study of their catalytic activity towards organic substrates (alkanes, alkenes …).
Electrochemical studies coupled with theoretical calculations, as electronic mapping, will be involved in all aspects of the project, towards the conception of the best ligands and optimization of the reactivity in alkane oxidation.
Profile: Candidates should have defended their PhD in the last 2 years. The candidate should be highly motivated, to work in a multidisciplinary project requiring solid interest in both organic and inorganic syntheses, as well as in spectroscopic methods. An interest for theoretical chemistry is welcome. The candidate will interact with external partners.
Application procedure: Candidates should submit a CV + cover letter + contact for 2 references. The deadline for application is January 25st, starting is imperatively before April 1st 2016. The net salary will be around 2,000 euro/month. Social security and health benefits are included.
Contact : BELLE Catherine/THIBON Aurore, DCM, Equipe CIRe, 301 rue de la Chimie, Bat C Chimie Recherche, BP 53 X, 38041 Grenoble, France, Tel +33 (0)4 76 51 48 38, EMail or
Expires on Monday January 25th, 2016