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MSCA-PF: Joint application at the University of Granada. Department of Inorganic Chemistry

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    28/08/2021 14:00 - Europe/Brussels
    HE / MSCA
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Francisco J. Maldonado Hódar from the Department of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Granada, welcomes postdoctoral candidates interested in applying for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA-PF) in 2021 at this University. Please note that applicants must comply with the Mobility Rule (more information about the 2020 call: http://sl.ugr.es/0aNV, the 2021 call is not yet open).

Brief description of the institution:

The University of Granada (UGR), founded in 1531, is one of the largest and most important universities in Spain. With over 60.000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and 6.000 staff. UGR offers a total of 89 degrees, 110 master’s degrees and 28 doctoral programmes through its 123 departments and 27 centers. Consequently, the UGR offers one of the most extensive and diverse ranges of higher education programmes in Spain.

The UGR has awarded with the "Human Resources Excellence in Research (HRS4R)", which reflects the UGR’s commitment to continuously improve its human resource policies in line with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. UGR is also a leading institution in research, located in the top of Spanish universities by a variety of ranking criteria, such as national R&D projects, fellowships awarded, publications, or international funding. UGR is one of the few Spanish Universities listed in the Shanghai Top 500 ranking - Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) (http://sl.ugr.es/0bsW). The UGR is amongst the 201-300 first universities of the world, between 2nd-5th position of Spanish universities and number 1 in the Andalusian Region in the Shanghai Top 500 ranking. Specialties at UGR that stand out are Library & Information Science (position 32) and Food Science & Technology (position 36). Moreover, the UGR is also situated amongst the first 100 universities in Mining & Mineral Engineering between (76th-100th position), in Mathematics (between 76th-100th position) and in Hospitality & Tourism Management (between 76th-100th position). The edition of the ARWU places the UGR in 201-300th position in the world and as the 4th highest ranked University in Spain, reaffirming its position as an institution at the forefront of national and international research.

Additionally, the UGR has 8 researchers at the top of the Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) list in Computer Sciences & Engineering (position 101-150). It is also well recognized for its web presence (http://sl.ugr.es/0a6i), being positioned at 43th place in the top 200 Universities in Europe.

Internationally, we bet decidedly by our participation in the calls of the Framework Programme of the European Union. For the duration of the last two Framework Programmes, the UGR has obtained a total of 67 projects, with total funding of 18.029 million euros, and for H2020, 118 projects with total funding around 29.115 million euros.

Brief description of the Centre/Research Group:

Francisco J. Maldonado.Hódar is full Professor and researcher at the University of Granada. Our research group (https://carbon.ugr.es/datos_inicio/) present a large experience in the design, preparation, characterization of different types of carbon materials and their use of as adsorbents or catalysts for energetic, environmental or fine chemistry processes. Traditionally focused on the synthesis of activated carbons from different agricultural residues, our interest changed to the development of new carbon nanomaterials and nanocomposites for catalytic applications, more specifically using sol-gel processes. Our works published in high IF journals and patents in this field are pioneer, allowing to obtain a high number of citations. The use and combinations of advanced synthesis procedures (sol-gel, hydrothermal, etc) permit the optimization of the physicochemical properties of materials, fitting the porous texture and/or chemical surface characteristics for specific applications. We develop materials suitable to be used as filters for the removal and/or separation of products in gaseous or liquid phases, sensors, electrodes, capacitors, catalysts for the water and air protection or green chemistry processes. Today we have a great interest in nanomaterials, mainly composite nanomaterials based on combinations of carbon-carbon materials (graphene, CNTs, carbon xerogels), carbon - metal oxides (carbon – Al2O3, TiO2, SiO2, ZrO2, etc) and carbon-metal (C-Pt, Ru, Pd, Cu) and doping with heteroatoms (O, S, N, P, B) looking for synergism between phases in specific applications.

Project description:

Francisco J. Maldonado-Hódar is the researcher responsible for the Projects RTI2018-099224-B-I00, 2019-2021 with title “Water decontamination using sustainable AOPs by nanostructured catalysts with fitted properties” and PCI2020-112045 “Nanomaterials for an environmentally friendly and sustainable handling of perishable products” of the international Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA) call. We will be pleased to integrate researchers from the MSCA-IF program, if interested, in our research team.

As denoted by the title, these projects are focused on the development of nanostructured catalysts for the water and air treatment by different approach: heterogeneous Fenton reactions, photochemical and electrochemical processes, and their combinations. Candidates will be incorporated to the projects section devoted to advanced photocatalytic processes. For that nanocomposites will be designed, following the strategy previously described of stablish synergism between different phases in order to i) fit the band-gap of semiconductors ii) avoid the electron-h+ recombination iii) increase the surface area and porosity. Fitting these variables, the performance of nanomaterials will be improved allowing the use of solar radiation, thus avoiding the energy consumption, catalysts deactivation or loss of efficiency and favoring the interaction (adsorption) of pollutant before be degraded. These materials will be used in different types of batch reactors, starting by slurries for the screening of the more active materials and the identification of the factors inducing this behavior. Selected materials will be deposited forming transparent films by dip-coating. The objective is to optimize the photoreactor for continuous treatment by developing photocatalytic membranes for the removal of emerging pollutant in water or gaseous VOC´s in air presents in the atmosphere of storage chambers of climacteric products, thus preserving the water and fruits quality, respectively.

Research Area:

  • Chemistry (CHE)

  • Environment and Geosciences (ENV)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Francisco J. Maldonado Hódar (fjmaldon@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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