[Expired] PhD position in the desing of Mo/W containing peptides as novel catalysts for CO2 valorization

iSm2, Marseille

In this project, we intend to develop bio-inspired FDHs Mo/W-peptidic systems with the final goal of obtaining efficient molecular catalysts for CO2 reduction. Different peptidic scaffolds that will contain non-natural dithiolene-like amino acids to coordinate Mo and/or W will be designed and synthesized following established protocols [3]. The Mo/W-peptides complexes will be characterized using different spectroscopic techniques (UV-Vis, Fluorescence, EPR, NMR, IR). Electrochemistry methodologies (cyclic voltammetry, bulk electrolysis) will be employed to identify the accessible redox states of the Mo/W-peptides complexes. Ultimately, their CO2 reduction catalytic properties will be explored. Theoretical calculations will be conducted to rationalize and validate the experimental data (electronic structures, spectroscopic parameters and reactivity) in order to get a deeper understanding of the reactivities as well as a predictive tool to assist in the design of more effective catalysts.

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