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PhD Scholarship in In Situ Structural Catalyst Characterization

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD position in spectroscopy at Technical University of Denmark. This position is closed on June 07, 2019.

The National Centre for Nanofabrication and Characterization at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is seeking a PhD student to work onstructural and chemical characterization of nanoparticle based heterogeneous catalystsfor synthesis of sustainable fuels and chemicals under conditions approaching those found in an industrial reactor by means of high-end electron microscopy.

Operando imaging and spectroscopy has become a cornerstone in the development of novel catalyst systems. We use electron microscopy to visualize and characterize the working catalyst. The fundamental insight of the dynamic structure-functionality relation at the atomic level is necessary for development of new and improved heterogeneous catalysts.

The project is part of the The Villum Center for the Science of Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals (V-SUSTAIN) headed by Prof. Ib Chorkendorff. The Center will in general concentrate its efforts on developing the technology that can ensure fossil-free production of energy, fuels and chemicals. This project has two main parts.

One part is to characterize novel catalyst systems developed within the project consortium under conditions approaching those found in industrial reactors aiming at unraveling their morphology and how it develops.

The other part of the project is to develop and optimize the equipment used for operando imaging in electron microscopes. This latter part involves development and understanding of how various gas species, gas flows, gas pressure and temperature influences imaging at the sub-ngstrm level. Reaction products will be measured by mass spectrometry in order to correlate catalytic activity to structure. Candidates should have a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree. Experience with catalysis, spectroscopy, or electron microscopy is beneficial. Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender,race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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