Starting no later than September 2, 2019. Within the framework of the European project Interreg Atlantic Area HYLANTIC, we are looking for a postdoctoral research associate responsible for the synthesis and characterization of organometallic catalysts for the photo-electrochemical production of hydrogen (H2).
Postdoctoral research associate
Synthesis of organometallic catalyts for the photo-electrochemical production of hydrogen (H2)
CEMCA, UMR 6521, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France
Equipe “Chimie et Electrochimie: Bioinorganique et Matériaux Moléculaires (CIEl)”
Supervisor: Dr. Frederic Gloaguen
Catalysts based on noble metals are usually stable but exhibit low selectivity and high sensitivity to poisoning. In contrast, as their chemical properties can be adapted through judicious choices of metal and ligands, molecular catalysts based on transition metal complexes enjoy good selectivity and tolerance to varied experimental conditions. Over the last decades, the design of molecular catalysts have been inspired by metalloenzymes. In additions, detailed studies of these natural systems have revealed recurrent features that help tailor the reactivity of synthetic models.
Our team (http://www.umr6521.cnrs.fr/equipe-ciel/) has a long experience in the synthesis and electrochemical characterization of organometallic models of the hydrogenase active sites. In this context, we are currently involved in the European project Interreg Atlantic Area HYLANTIC (http://hylantic.com/), in which we are responsible for the synthesis and characterization of organometallic catalysts based on abundant transition metals for the photo-electrochemical production of hydrogen (H2). The performances of these catalysts will be then evaluated in the photochemical reactors and electrolysers developed by other partners of the HYLANTIC project.
Applicants should have a PhD in Chemistry. A strong background in synthesis (Schlenck line) and characterization (NMR, IR, UV-vis, EPR) of organometallic complexes is required. Good communication and English writing skills are desirable.
The funds for this position are available for 12 months, starting no later than September 2, 2019. The salary is around 2,100 € per month.
Applications should include a detailed CV, a cover letter and two recommendation letters.
Applications should be sent before June 30 to Frederic Gloaguen (). Selection will be made early July to allow for administrative work out by CNRS administration.
More information about the CIEL team including relevant publications can be found on the web site.
Expires on Sunday June 30th, 2019