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Post-doctoral position at University of Granada: Apply for an Athenea3i-2018 Research Fellowship at the Department of Inorganic Chemistry

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    31/10/2018 09:00 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Manuel J. Perez-Mendoza, from the Department of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Granada, welcomes postdoctoral candidates interested in applying for an Athenea3i Research Fellowship in 2018 at this University. The information about the Fellowship conditions, how to apply, Eligibility Criteria, Selection Process, Evaluation Process, etc. is available in https://athenea3i.ugr.es/. Please note that applicants must comply with the Eligibility Criteria (https://athenea3i.ugr.es/?page_id=23).  

Brief description of the institution:

The University of Granada (UGR), founded in 1531, is one of the largest and most important universities in Spain. It serves more than 60000 students per year, including many foreign students, as UGR is the leader host institution in the Erasmus program. UGR, featuring 3650 professors and more than 2000 auxiliary personnel, offers a total of 75 degrees through its 112 departments and 28 centers.

UGR is also a leading institution in research, located in the top 5/10 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 (http://www.arwu.org/), and it is also well recognized for its web presence (http://www.4icu.org/top200/).

Internationally, we bet decidedly by our participation in the calls of H2020, both at partner and coordination. For the duration of the Seventh Framework Programme, the UGR has obtained a total of 66 projects, with total funding of 17.97 million euros, and for H2020, until 2015, more than 25 projects with total funding of more than 6 million euros. Our more than 3,000 researchers are grouped into 365 research groups covering all scientific fields and disciplines.

Brief description of the Centre/Research Group

Our Research Group (Porous Solids Research Group Ref: RNM342) is dedicated to the study of nanomaterials, focusing mainly in carbon nanomaterials such carbon nanotubes, graphene and graphene derivatives. We are interested in the functionalization of nanomaterials by different methods to improve the applicability of such materials. 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.

Project description

The Research Project to be developed will focus in the modification of graphene and graphene oxide by cold plasmas of different precursors. Regarding the graphene material, the aim behind using plasma treatments is to modify its electronic characteristics and its surface chemical nature. Carbon disulfide will be use as precursor for plasma treatments in order to decorate the graphene with sulphur atoms, trying to preserve as much as possible the structure of the graphenic domains. Other precursors will be tested in order to selectively alter de sp2 carbon sheets. In the case of graphene oxide, cold plasmas of reducing agents will be tested to develop methodologies leading to cost-effective ways to produce reduced graphene oxide. Similarly, combination of different plasma precursors will be studied in order to reduce and functionalize the material in a single-step approach. The results of these experiments will be compared to more classical reduction and modification methods.


Research Area

  • Environmental Sciences and Chemistry (ENV-CHE)

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

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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