ORGANISATION/COMPANYUNIVERSITÉ DE BOURGOGNE - FRANCHE-COMTÉ
RESEARCH FIELDChemistry › BiochemistryPhysics › Chemical physics
RESEARCHER PROFILEFirst Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE11/06/2021 20:00 - Europe/Brussels
LOCATIONFrance › Besançon
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK35
OFFER STARTING DATE04/10/2021
Carbon dioxide (CO2) and Nitrogen (N2) is readily accessible and comparatively inexpensive, so that it is highly desirable to include this small molecule into syntheses of value-added products or to use it as reservoir of chemical energy.
The purpose of this thesis is to alter the thermodynamics and the kinetics of activation of CO2 by using intense electric fields (more than 109 V/m) located in a Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM)-probe (used as an individual nanoreactor) as a powerful catalyst.
To achieve this ambitious scientific challenge, the student will investigate by ultra-high vacuum STM the structural properties of tailored adsorbates with or without controlled amounts of CO2 or N2. STM will be the primary tool used to detect the presence of new distinctive features by fixation of gas molecules on the prepared catalysts. He/She will precisely adjust the experimental conditions (e.g., pressure,temperature, and bias voltage) to promote CO2 and N2 activation.
The Nanosciences group combines both skills in synthesis chemistry (F. Chérioux), in surface science and in scanning probe microscopy (F. Palmino and J.Jeannoutot).
By merging our interdisciplinary skills, we study the basic mechanisms of supramolecular self-assemblies on surfaces and on-surface chemistry.
We distinguish ourselves from competitors who work on noble metals or carbon surfaces because we wish that our organic-semiconductor hybrid systems are compatible with micro-technologies based on silicon wafers.
Our group possesses all near-field scanning probe microscopies to characterize the molecular networks: two Omicron UHV scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) within a temperature range from 9 to 600 K, one UHV QPLUS and one atomic force microscopy (AFM) and STM under ambient conditions.
We are internationally recognized in these domains.
All our previous PhD students have published several articles in Q1 journals during their PhD and they have defended their thesis in less than 39 months.
Salary : 1420€/month (net salary)
Duration : 36 months
Employer : University of Bourgogne and Franche-Comté
Please kindly send the following documents :
1/ For EU candidates: Copy of your national ID card or of your passport page where your photo is printed.
For non-EU candidates: Copy of your passport page where your photo is printed
2/ CV (1 page)
3/ Cover letter with your motivations for the position (1 page)
4/ Copy of your Master degree and/or Engineer degree if already available.
5) Copy of your final marks and ranks / transcripts
6) Coordinates of reference persons (maximum 3, at least your master thesis supervisor): Title, Name, organization, e-mail
All the documents must be sent in a one PDF document.
REQUIRED LANGUAGESENGLISH: ExcellentFRENCH: Excellent
The candidate must have a master degree in sciences or an engineer degree.
The ideal candidate is an innovative and analytical thinking person, who has good communication skills and a very good knowledge in surface science, physics as well as in scanning probe microscopies (STM, AFM)
EURAXESS offer ID: 630744
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