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

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    02/09/2021 12:30 - Europe/Brussels
    HE / MSCA
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Manuel J. Pérez Mendoza, 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:

The RNM342 Research Group has recently changed its name to “Molecular materials for nanotechnology applications” to best reflect the new research areas that are now being explored. The research lines addressed by the group members are mainly related to carbon nanomaterials, bioinorganic nanomaterials and supported metal-DNA systems. The aim is to design and develop new nanosystems with enhanced possibilities to tackle the new technology challenges, especially in the field of sustainable chemistry and new solutions for clean energy production.

Our Research Group has long experience working with carbon materials from a wide range of precursors, and their use in the adsorption and catalysis field. More recently, our Research Group has specialized in the modification of the carbon surface by cold plasmas of different precursors looking for an improvement in the surface chemistry of the materials. Similarly, we are working in developing methodologies to decorate carbon nanomaterials with complex molecular structures such as hyperbranched polyethyleneimines, which can serve as a starting point to generate stable ultra-small metal nanoparticles on the surface of the materials.

Recently, our research group has started to develop a new research line based on the interaction of DNA derivatives with carbon nanostructures, taking advantage of the DNA capability for the organization of chemical groups by coordination to a programmed nucleobase sequence, in order to produce hybrid nanomaterials with enhanced optoelectronics properties for photovoltaic applications.

Project description:

The research project aims to develop optoelectronic nanomaterials based on DNA hybrids and carbon nanotubes. For this purpose, single-stranded DNA molecules (ssDNA) have been selected to act as a template for the organization of functional units with electrical and optical properties. These units consist of metal complexes that contain polymerizable units or photoactive pi-conjugated systems, and that are capable of coordinating to the nucleobases of a programmed ssDNA sequence, , thus forming metal-mediated Watson-Crick base pairs. The organization of the metal ions, the polymerizable units, and the pi-conjugated systems along the strand will be responsible for the new properties of the system. The project employs a "bottom-up" strategy, where individual metal complexes self-assemble in a programmed way to form the desired material according to a programmed sequence directed by the ssDNA strand.

In this way, nanowires with modular structures and electrical and optical properties can be easily prepared. Finally, these systems will be conjugated with carbon nanotubes (CNT), with complementary optoelectronic properties, in order to give rise to advanced hybrid materials with a precise organization at the nanometric scale.

It is expected that CNT@DNA materials can act as efficient light-harvesting systems for photovoltaic applications, as their adaptability can be exploited to increase efficiency in energy harvesting and transfer.

Research Area:

  • Chemistry (CHE)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Manuel J. Pérez Mendoza (mjperezm@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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