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Recruited at CNRS within the IC2MP (Institute of Chemistry of Environments and Materials of Poitiers), the candidate will be working on an exciting ERC Starting Grant funded project ConCASM. The candidate will have the essential mission of designing, synthesizing, and characterizing surface-structured catalytic materials (particular attention to metal oxides) with novel architectures by various synthesis techniques, particularly for the activation of small molecules. The implementation of the catalytic materials interactions with cavitation bubbles will be carried out. The stability of these controlled surface-engineered materials under utrasound irradiation will be key. The candidate should be able to characterize and analysis the physico-chemical properties of these catalytic materials with little or no supervision.
The candidate (with less than 2 years of experience after obtaining their Ph.D.) will be responsible for the following activities:
• Design and synthesis of surface-structured catalytic materials with novel designs and improved catalyic activities.
• Physico-chemical characterization of synthesized materials (Particle image velocimetry, XRD, nitrogen sorption, SEM, TEM, XPS, TGA, AFM, etc.). Other characterizations will be carried out in collaboration with academic partners and industrial partners of the project.
• Supervision of a 1st or 2nd-year master's student and training them in the aforementioned activities.
• Presentation of results at consortium progress meetings.
• Preparation of reports (bibliographical and progress reports) and publications.
• Participation in the drafting of new research projects.
The expected skills are those of a Ph.D. in materials chemistry, chemical engineering or heterogeneous catalysis. The candidate must have imperative skills in the synthesis of structured inorganic catalytic materials. The candidate is expected to be curious and imaginative in challenging the team by proposing radically different innovative approaches (synthesis pathways) compared to the existing ones. They must also have :
• Very good knowledge of physico-chemical analysis techniques.
• Excellent ability to critically analyze experimental data.
• Strong skills in writing and communicating scientific results.
• A very good level of written/oral English