Research Associate at Imperial College London

Applicants are invited to apply for a postdoc position at Imperial College London. Citizens of any country are eligible to apply. Applications are invited up to September 20, 2018.

The Department of Chemical Engineering is seeking a researcher to undertake work aimed at accelerating the development of adsorbents for CO capture. This project is funded by EPSRC through the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC).

Your role in the project will be primarily to develop and test solid CO sorbents using 'realistic' CO -containing streams and under 'realistic' conditions. The emphasis will be on crystalline sorbents, particularly metal organic frameworks (MOFs). Working with crystalline structures will provide an ideal platform for large screening of sorbents at a later stage. Some of your key responsibilities will include:
- Synthesising, characterising and testing porous adsorbents for CO
- Setting up adsorption testing rigs to accommodate a range of CO -containing streams.
- Measuring physical and chemical properties relevant to the process modelling work.

If time allows, you will start working on the development of a generalised solid sorbent screening tool taking account of both materials and process performance characteristics.

This ambitious project is particularly well-suited for researchers with experimental and theoretical training OR researchers with experimental training and willingness to undertake theoretical work.

You will have a first degree (or equivalent) and PhD (or equivalent) in Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering or a related discipline. You will have proven track record in conducting high-level research as evidenced by innovative first-author publications. Knowledge of chemical engineering separation processes - particularly adsorption - and experience in porous materials characterisation and testing (e.g. equilibrium sorption analysis, breakthrough testing) are essential. Experience using equation orientated process modelling, simulation and optimisation software is a plus.

The post is available immediately and the appointment is for 12 months with a possibility for extension. The post is based in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London (South Kensington Campus).

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Dr Camille Petit ( and Dr Niall MacDowell (

To apply, please select the “Apply now” button at the top of this page. Please ensure you include a completed application form with your submission.

Further information about the post is available in the job description.

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