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Febuary 2017

 

The Consortium members of the Marie Sklodowska Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) ELCOREL open 14 Ph.D. positions in the field of Electrocatalysis/ Hetrogeneous catalysis.

The positions are opened at the J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry (Prague, Czech Republic), Leiden Institute of Chemistry of Leiden University (The Netherlands), Department of Chemistry of University of Copenhagen (Denmark), Department of Chemistry and Material Science of the Aalto University (Espoo, Finland), Avantium S.A. (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Industrie De Nora (Milano, Italy) and Institute Catala d’Investigacio Quimica (Barcelona, Spain).

The successful candidates must have a Master degree* in Chemistry (Physical, Analytical), Chemical Engineering, Material Science or Physics, must be in the first 4 years of his/her research career and meet the mobility eligibility criteria as outlined by the Marie Curie ITN rules**.
The positions are intended for 36 months. The positions provide a monthly salary and also cover also the tuition fees for the enrolment in a PhD programme.
The individual projects are focused on theoretical and experimental aspects of the catalyst development for oxygen evolution and CO2 reduction. Detailed description of the individual projects can be found at http://www.elcorel.org/openpositions.php .

Applications for the positions have to be submitted electronically via the Consortium’s web page (http://www.elcorel.org/openpositions.php). Successful applications must contain
1) Structured CV (with list of publications) including information on expected date of graduation,
2) Motivation letter containing names and email of at least 2 references,
3) Certified copy of the MSc Diploma or Transcript of studies.
Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled; full attention will be guaranteed to the applications registered before May 1st 2017.

*at the time of the contract commencement
** Successful candidates may not have carried out their main activity in host country for more than 12 months in the previous 3 years.

 

 

Febuary 2017


JR-14 - Materials Electrochemistry for Integrated Magnetics – PhD Studentship


Applications are sought for 4 year PhD Studentship, at the Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Ireland.


The successful applicant will work on a Science Foundation Ireland funded project in a collaboration between the Electrochemical Materials & Energy and Integrated Magnetics Groups. This PhD position will help advance the development of a new generation of integrated magnetic devices with increased efficiency and miniaturisation. The research will focus on novel chemical and specifically electrochemical routes to new magnetic materials deposition on structured substrates. Key breakthroughs will be in the demonstration of scalable processing options for layers of magnetic materials and insulators in 3D structures. Potential routes will be based on self-assembled chemical monolayers. Recent publications by the group describe the chemical processing and structures investigated to date. In this project the Ph.D. candidate will work as part of a multidisciplinary research team with a focus on the development of next generation integrated magnetics for power supply applications. The team requires the incorporation of novel magnetic material/lamination methods into the full device fabrication process flow. The novel materials and processes developed must therefore be compatible with microelectronics/MEMs based fabrication technologies on silicon substrates with a view to industrial application.

Responsibilities
• Develop chemical approaches to activate silicon substrates using self-assembled monolayers.
• Optimise metal and alloy electrochemical deposition on planar and structured substrates in thin film and laminated options
• Working with a multidisciplinary team, characterise the magnetic and power supply characteristics of the integrated devices
• Provide reports to the team and funding agency, preparation of manuscripts for journals and presentation of results at conferences.

Requirements
• Applicants must have a first, upper second class honours undergraduate or Master’s degree in Chemistry or Materials Science from an approved University.
• Proficiency in English, non-native English speakers should provide IELTS/TOEFL score.

Desirable
• Experience with theoretical and practical electrochemistry
• Interest in the use of simulation software focused on electrochemistry.
• Knowledge of magnetic materials
• Knowledge of microelectronics of MEMS based fabrication processes
• Applicants should include a description of their career goals and how this opportunity will assist them in meeting their targets.
Please apply via http://www.tyndall.ie/career/search, selecting reference number JR-14 and following the instructions to complete the associated application form, attaching your cv and motivation letter.

Working conditions:

The Ph.D. candidate will be joining a recognized world leader in the area of integrated magnetic components for electronic applications. In 2015, the Magnetics on Silicon researchers were selected as the UCC Research Team of the Year. Tyndall Integrated Magnetics research has demonstrated:-
• Highest efficiency for micro-inductors using electroplated metal and alloy materials
• High-frequency micro-inductors operating up to 100 MHz
• Highest efficiency coupled inductors
• Highest voltage gain & efficiency for micro-transformers
• First CAD tool for power micro-inductors
• First high-frequency integrated power magnetics using pulsed reverse electroplated magnetic material


Benefits:

In addition to the published research we have developed considerable Intellectual Property in the field of integrated magnetics and anticipate adding to this in the current project. Tyndall’s Integrated Magnetics team has recently obtained more than €3m funding from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), EU Horizon 2020 and Enterprise Ireland to further the world class pioneering research and commercialization of its integrated magnetics technology for high efficiency Power Supply on Chip/in Package products.


Febuary 2017


POS-DOC POSITION FOR RESEARCH IN ELECTRO-OXIDATION OF ETHANOL, GLYCEROL AND OTHER ORGANIC MOLECULES


There is one Pos-Doc position, for two years, to work in the project: Proc 013/16930 "ELECTROCATALYSIS V: Electrocatalytic Processes of Chemical and Electrical Energy Interconversion", sponsored by Fundação de Amparo a Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo. Application can be made for the development of the following project:

INSTITUTION
University of São Paulo
Institute of Chemistry of São Carlos (www.iqsc.usp.br)
Electrochemistry Group (http://dfq.iqsc.usp.br/grupo/?id=17, in portuguese)
São Carlos, SP
Brazil

PROJECT
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Germano Tremiliosi-Filho (germano@iqsc.usp.br)
Summary: The research aims to perform fundamental studies specially on the mechanistic aspects of the electro-oxidation reactions of ethanol, glycerol, and other organic molecules Cn on well-defined single crystal surfaces. It also contemplates the synthesis and characterization of nanostructured electrocatalysts formed by the combination of metals and oxides of noble metals and non-noble catalysts for the oxidation reactions of ethanol, glycerol, and other organic molecules Cn, with and without photon assistance. These electrocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic studies, in a fundamental level, will involve quantitative determination of the reaction intermediates and products by in situ FTIR spectroscopy, on-line differential electrochemistry mass spectrometry, liquid and ion chromatographies. Gas chromatography also can be employed using electrochemical half-cell with stagnant and flow (under conditions of controlled mass transport) electrolytes. The investigations will include correlations between electrocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic activity and stability with the composition and structure of the nanoparticles. The applied studies will be carried out in a PEM type unitary fuel cell using electrodes of 5 cm ² feed with ethanol or glycerol at the anode and oxygen at the cathode, for evaluation of current density and energy efficiency. Current distribution measurements will be made in order to improve the conditions of preparation of the membrane electrode assembly (MEA), with the focus on the cell operation conditions. These studies will also involve the quantitative determination of the reaction products using techniques such as mass spectrometry, gas, liquid and ion chromatographies. These operational studies on fuel cells with and without UV light assistance will be carried out on the most active electrocatalysts and photoelectrocatalysts investigated in the previous stages.

REQUIRIMENTS
Candidates must demonstrate previous experience in studies of electrocatalysis and/or photoelectrocatalysis of the oxidation reactions of alcohols with the aim of applications in fuel cells. For registration the following documents should be sent, in pdf format, to the project supervisor at the above mentioned electronic address by March 15th, 2017:
1) Letter of Recommendation;
2) Letter at which the candidate describes his experience in the research field;
3) Copy of the Abstract of his PhD thesis;
4) Resume.

SUMMARY OF THE THEMATIC PROJECT

This research project aims at studying the electrocatalytic processes related to electrochemical systems for the chemical and electrical energy interconversion, in galvanic and electrolytic devices. The main focus is associated to the study of reactions involved in electrocatalysis for fuel cells feed with organic and inorganic molecules, metal / air batteries, regenerative electrochemical systems, hydrogen production and electro-reduction of carbon dioxide. Some fundamental aspects of the electrocatalysis and kinetic instabilities of these reactions will be investigated on single crystals and nanostructured metal electrocatalysts. The investigations will include correlation between the electrocatalytic activities and stabilities with the composition and structure of the nanoparticles. Finally, operational electrochemical investigations will be made on operating systems built using the most active electrocatalysts investigated in the previous studies. The project will be conducted by a team composed of permanent members including 6 professors/researchers, 2 researchers, 2 scientific technicians and 40 temporary collaborators such as post-docs, PhD and master students, and undergraduate students, mostly from the Institute of Chemistry of Sao Carlos, USP.


 

Febuary 2017

Postdoc position in Electrochemical Surface Science

In the framework of a new EU project, a postdoctoral position is available in the Surface Physics Group of the Institute of Applied Physics, TU Wien.

The project aims to clarify structure–reactivity relationships of well-defined, atomically smooth, oxide surfaces towards important electrocatalytic reactions (in particular oxygen reduction and CO2 activation), using a combination of electrochemistry (voltammetry, electrochemical STM) and ultrahigh vacuum techniques (XPS, LEED, UHV-STM). The candidate will be jointly supervised by Prof. Ulrike Diebold and Dr. Stijn Mertens.

The ideal candidate has a PhD in physics, chemistry or a related discipline, with a detailed knowledge of electrochemical techniques. A working knowledge of ultrahigh vacuum methodologies is desirable. Excellent writing and communication skills in English are essential.

This position is available immediately. Applications with cover letter, detailed CV (with courses taken, grades, web link to the PhD thesis, copies of the 5 most relevant publications), diplomas, work certificates (if any) and references should be sent via email to Stijn Mertens at mertens@iap.tuwien.ac.at.



January 2017


PhD Position – Electrochemistry/Materials Science -Starting Date: September-October 2017


Electrochemical Silicon Nanoprocessing for the Fabrication of Functional Surfaces


Silicon micro- and nanostructuration is of crucial importance for microelectronics, solar cells and for promising emerging technologies in nanoelectronics, biosensing devices and water-splitting cells. These applications make the fabrication of Si nanostructured arrays a very hot topic that has attracted tremendous attention. In this context, templated electrochemistry, which can be operated in ambient conditions, enables the simultaneous fabrication of individual nanostructures at designated spots on a large area is very attractive for manufacturing such arrays.

 

We are looking for a highly-motivated PhD candidate to work on a 3-year project at the ISCR (Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes), located at the University of Rennes in France. The research project is focused on the development of silicon structuration processes for the fabrication of functional surfaces. More specifically, the candidate will use electrochemical techniques such as templated photoelectrochemical etching and nano-electrodeposition in order to fabricate well-defined arrays of i) silicon nanowires and ii) silicon nanoporous microcells. He will then functionalize these surfaces with redox active molecules and study their electrical and photoelectrochemical properties. The final goal is to use these functional surfaces for biodetection and microelectronic devices.


The project duration is 3 years and the founding is provided by the ANR (Agence Nationale de la Recherche). The salary is ∼1400 € per month. The successful candidate will have an access to the equipment present at the ISCR (scanning probe microscopy, electron microscopy, potentiostats, ellipsometer, FTIR, XRD...) and to the clean room facilities located at the IETR (Institut d’Electronique et de Télécommunication de Rennes), that is located very close to the ISCR.
The candidate must have a strong background in physical chemistry and/or materials science and an interest for electrochemistry. A strong motivation for research and good communication skills are required (fluent English or French speaking is mandatory).


References:
L. Santinacci, M. Diouf, M. Barr, B. Fabre, L. Joanny, F. Gouttefangeas, G. Loget ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2016, 8, 24810-24818 K. Cho, G. Loget, R. M. Corn. J. Phys. Chem. C 2014, 118, 28993-29000 G. Loget, R. M. Corn, Chem. Eur. J., 2014, 20, 10802-10810


Contacts:
Please send your records (CV + letters of recommendation) to:
Gabriel Loget: gabriel.loget@univ-rennes1.fr

Bruno Fabre: fabre@univ-rennes1.fr