04/01/2021
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

PhD position in chemistry and microtechnology


  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    University of Lille
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    ChemistryHeterogeneous catalysis
    TechnologyMicro-technology
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    31/03/2021 12:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    France › Villeneuve d Ascq
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/09/2021
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    ABO-AAP PHD2 PEARL
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    847568

OFFER DESCRIPTION

Development of human economic activities, especially use of fossil resources in transportation, industry and household combined with deforestation and land-use changes have led to the continuous increase in the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere with strong greenhouse gas effect and change of the climate. The possible alternative to fossil fuels could be the application of renewable energy resources (wind, solar…) for the energy and chemical generation at mild conditions. These methods of transformation are usually based on photocatalysis using solar energy and electrocatalysis using electricity. The main disadvantage of photocatalysis is low quantum efficiency (2-5 %) with low selectivity to the target products. At the same time, electrocatalysis is hard to implement for the activation of stable molecules in the gas phase catalytic reaction. In this project, we propose to take advantage of both photo and electrocatalytic concepts by the implementation of catalytic diode. Opposite to a catalytic nanodiode, which produces electricity from a catalytic reaction, the diode will consist of a porous semiconductor catalyst inserted in a p-n junction to lead to catalytic reactions from the efficient and controlled electron and hole injections into the semiconductor catalyst. This concept should:

✓ increase the overall efficiency for the catalytic reactions and

✓ control the reaction using the electrical potential applied to transfer charge carriers from the electron and hole-transport interlayers.

 

The project will be focused on the development of Catalysis Inducing Diodes (CID) to perform catalytic reactions by a combination of chemistry (UCCS laboratory) and electric engineering (IEMN laboratory) in Lille University. The diode will be designed with low-cost technological processes, that rely on the use of solution-processable stable inorganic nanoparticles to build each interlayer as well as the catalyst layer. It will be operated for catalytic reactions of water (H2O) and carbon dioxide (CO2) splitting to produce hydrogen (H2) and carbon monoxide (CO), respectively, as the target products. These are valuable products in fuel and chemical industry that are produced nowadays by high temperature (700-900 oC) conversion of fossil fuels like methane reforming with the generation of CO2 as a side product. The application of diodes for these catalytic could be an important green alternative to existing industrial processes.

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Benefits

A net salary of about €1,600 + €530 per month to cover mobility, travel and family costs.

Eligibility criteria

As Early-Stage Researchers (ESR) you shall, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, be in the first four years of your research career and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree. The four years start to count from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle him/her to embark on a doctorate.

Applicants from European countries are eligible. However, you may not apply if you have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies) in France for more than 12 months during the 3 years immediately preceding the call deadline (March, 31st 2021). 

You must have a master’s degree or equivalent university degree (with respect to the requirements of the host institutions and the regional doctoral school) obtained no more than 4 years prior to the call deadline.

Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD
    ChemistryHeterogeneous catalysis
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    1 - 4
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    PhysicsElectronics
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    1 - 4

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Chemistry: Master Degree or equivalent
    Physics: Master Degree or equivalent

Skills/Qualifications

The candidate is a highly motivated, enthusiastic researcher and has a strong interest in scientific research and learn new skills. He/She should be able to work independently and cooperate with other researchers in this interdisciplinary project. The project will require strong attitude to study new disciplines and new methods in two different laboratories.

The applicant should strive towards scientific excellence, be ambitious and hard working. Only applicants who seek to be amongst the brightest in their field and conduct science at the highest international level will be considered.

Specifically, in the framework of the project the candidate should be able to:

✓ Conclude on catalytic results and electronic diode structure (analytical thinking);

✓ Come up with innovative ideas and concepts for development of CID and its application (creativity);

✓ Manage the project in terms of planning and organization of experiments and dissemination of the results including self-management (management and independence);

✓ Explain his/her results and transfer ideas in interdisciplinary team (communication);

✓ Collaborate, negotiate and influence other people in open way and transfer knowledge between different teams (working with others and teaching);

✓ Speak, read and write advanced level English to be able to present results in the form of publications and conferences (language).

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Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Université de Lille
France
Villeneuve d Ascq
59652
Avenue Poincaré

EURAXESS offer ID: 592006

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