ORGANISATION/COMPANYUniversitat Autònoma de Barcelona
RESEARCH FIELDChemistry › Heterogeneous catalysisChemistry › Homogeneous catalysisChemistry › Organic chemistry
RESEARCHER PROFILEFirst Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE30/04/2020 23:00 - Europe/Athens
LOCATIONSpain › Cerdanyola del Vallès
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK37.5
OFFER STARTING DATE01/10/2020
EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMMEH2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER860322
This is a joint thesis, half of the work will be conducted in Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain (co-director Dr. Rosa M. Sebastián), half in Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination, Toulouse, France (co-director Dr. Anne Marie Caminade). A secondment period is scheduled with an industrial organization (Henkel KGaA & Co.).
Specifically functionalized dendrimers for catalysis in special media
Context: Dendrimers are a very special type of hyperbranched polymers which are synthesized step by step (generation after generation) to ensure a perfect monodispersity.1a Phosphorus dendrimers are very robust and can be easily modify in their surface in order to anchor metals.1b Moreover, due to the presence of several functional groups in their structure they can stabilize metal nanoparticles by steric effect or even by incorporating them in their internal cavities.2 Their solubility in different media can be easily controlled by selecting right functional surface groups. Taking advantage of these macromolecules new approaches to the catalysis of organic reactions are considered. High yields and stereoselectivities of interesting bioactive species would be achieved using sustainable media and organized surroundings.3
Objectives: In this project, our objectives are the preparation of dendrimers of several generations in order to support metal complexes or nanoparticles to be used as catalyst for organic reactions in special media such as supercritical CO2 and liquid crystalline media. Their recovery and reused will be also studied. The preparation of bioactive compounds using these methodologies will be our final aim.
 a) A. M. Caminade, C. O. Turrin, R. Laurent, A. Ouali, B. Delavaux-Nicot in Dendrimers: Towards Catalytic, Material and Biomedical Uses, Wiley-VCH, Chistester, 2011. b) A. M. Caminade, A. Ouali, R. Laurent, C. O. Turrin, J. P. Majoral, Chem. Soc. Rev.2015, 44, 3890-3899.
 E. Badetti, A.M. Caminade, J.P. Majoral, M. Moreno-Mañas, R.M. Sebastián Langmuir2008, 24, 2090-2101.
 a) C. A. Hincapié, R. M. Sebastián, J. Barberá, J. L. Serrano, T. Sierra, J. P. Majoral, A.-M. Caminade Chem. Eur. J.,2014, 20, 17047-17058. b) R. Soler, E. Badetti, M. Moreno-Mañas, A. Vallribera, R.M. Sebastián, P. Vera, J.L. Serrano, T. Sierra Liquid Crystal 2007, 34, 235-240.
EU MC fellowship. International project developed among at least three research centers. Wide international environment.
To be eligible for recruitment within an ITN project, you therefore must – at the date of recruitment – be within the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of your research career and not have a doctoral degree. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when you obtained the degree entitling you to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained, or in the country in which you are recruited), even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged. You may therefore be required to provide documentation proving your eligibility for recruitment.
The applicant must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc. ) in Spain for more than twelve months in the three years immediately prior to his/her recruitment.
1. CV+Motivation letter.
2. Selected candidates will be interviewed.
This thesis will be part of an International Training Network (ITN) and more specifically a European Joint Doctorate (EJD), funded by the European Commission through the Marie Sklowdoska-Curie Action (MSCA), entitled "Coordination Chemistry Inspires Molecular Catalysis" (CCIMC). This programme involves 15 joint theses. You are encouraged to consider all these thesis projects, to be consulted on the ITN-EJD website www.ccimc.eu
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Required Research Experiences
RESEARCH FIELDChemistry › Organic chemistry
YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE1 - 4
REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVELChemistry: Master Degree or equivalent
REQUIRED LANGUAGESENGLISH: Good
We are looking for a highly motivated graduated student to work at the frontier of organic chemistry, coordination chemistry and catalysis. Previous knowledg in organic synthesis and catalysis would be appreciated. Degree in Chemistry or Materials Science, and a Máster in Chemistry will be mainly considered. Master degree must be available at the date of the signature of the grant (1st October 2020)
GOOD ENGLISH LEVEL required for daily and scientific communications (speaking and writing)
EURAXESS offer ID: 494781
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