Description of the project:
The research will focus on designing new catalysts to transform CO2 into fuels in the research group of Prof. J. Lloret-Fillol.
The development of greener production methods is critical to ensure a future sustainable society. On this ground, photo and electrochemical processes can be powered by renewal energy sources (sunlight, wind, etc..) to transform abundant molecules (water, CO2, etc..) to produce synthetic fuels. Still, our understanding of these processes is limited, and mechanistic studies are essential to design more active and selective catalysts.
In this context, the project's objective will be to develop a robust, effective, and well-defined catalyst, guided by rational design and automatization. Mechanistic studies will be performed by a combination of electrochemistry, advanced spectroscopy, and labeling.
Training: The project will involve training in synthesis under strictly controlled conditions, advanced spectroscopy, computational chemistry, mechanistic investigations and automatization of chemical processes.
Preferred skills or background:
The candidate must have a degree in chemistry or chemical engineering be highly motivated, responsible, creative, and responsible. In addition, the knowledge on organic, inorganic and computational chemistry will be evaluated. Good written and oral communication skills in English are required.