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Post Doc Position / University of Strasbourg

Title : Atomic level understanding of nanomaterial’s functionality by means of advanced operando studies: towards more efficient CO2 hydrogenation catalysts

Summary: The utilization of CO2 as a feedstock to produce fuels contributes to the reduction of carbon emissions and helps to decrease our dependence on fossil fuels. The methanation CO2 (Sabatier reaction) combines chemical storage of renewable energy, together with greenhouse gas reutilization offering a high energy density product (CH4). Ni, Co and Ru supported on oxides appear as promising catalysts for this reaction but suffer from fast deactivation due to sintering and carbon deposition. Here we propose the development of an efficient catalyst by introducing a new concept of using metal-doped ceria nanoparticles. After undergone an exsolution treatment these materials combine both high dispersion of the active metal and its close proximity with the ceria support, which are key characteristics of efficient catalysts. The Post-doctoral will use a newly developed method to synthesize the nanoparticles and will optimize the pretreatment to obtain the highest catalytic performance. This effort requires deeper insights into the electronic and geometric structure of the active catalytic states and therefore the project takes advantage of the sophisticated experimental tools for operando characterization which are in disposal in ICPEES but also in the collaborating German Institute (Berlin). The aim is to provide an atomic-level understanding of aspects related to the surface chemistry of functional catalysts and accordingly tune their properties by appropriate modification routes.

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For further information, please contact:
S. Zafeiratos
Research Director CNRS Tel: ++33(0)3 9024 2755

Offre de thèse dans le cadre d'une coopération franco-britannique - DGA-Dstl

Thesis in the frame of the French/UK Scientific Cooperation funded by DGA/Dstl

PROJECT Title: Design, Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Novel Hybrid Reactivators of OP-inhibited AChE - Acronyme: REACTIVATOR

Key words: heterocyclic chemistry, C-C cross-coupling, chemical labeling, fluorescent probe, chemical diversity, choline esterase, reactivation, medical countermeasure, antidote.

Postdoctoral position on polymer chemistry for biobased and biodegradable systems for drug delivery

Description of the position

BioTeam (http://www.biodeg.NET) is a well-known, international research group (Team Leader: Prof. Luc Avérous) within the ICPEES (UMR CNRS 7515), University of Strasbourg - France (One of the Top World Universities - Ranking for chemistry), focused on experimental approaches to systems based on biodegradable and/or biobased polymers for environmental and biomedical applications.

This postdoctoral position is associated with an industrial project in connection with an international company on cosmetics, to develop biobased and biodegradable drug delivery systems (chemical synthesis of polymers, polymers characterization and process).

6 months internship (Master 2 / Projet de fin d'étude) on the synthesis of model colloidal suspensions by heterogeneous polymerization techniques

This work will be done in the Polymer Engineering Department of ICPEES, in the frame of the LatexDry Project, funded by the National Research Agency (ANR), whose main objective is to gain fundamental knowledge of the mechanisms involved in the drying of colloidal suspensions and the formation of thin films. Model polymer particles suspensions will be synthesized with defined diameters, glass transition temperature, as well as surface charges by using emulsion, miniemulsion or dispersion polymerization.

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Two PhD Positions available at ICPEES in analytical chemistry based on microfluidic devices

Candidate background: The two candidates should have a MASTER in chemistry or engineering with a strong background in analytical chemistry or in microfluidics or in physical chemistry. The candidates will be able to present their results and to write their reports in English in the framework of a European project.

How to apply: Applications (curriculum vitae and cover letter) should be sent by e-mail to: (Tel.:

Deadline: August 20th, 2018.

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