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October 2018

 

Thematic project: Nanoelectronics and Nanoscale Electrochemistry: Fundaments and Applications

Post-doctorate Scholarship


For candidates interested in apply for Scholarship in Nanobionics group (www.nanobionic.com.br). It is desirable candidates having experience in electroanalytical and electrochemistry methods (among them methods based on impedance spectroscopy).

Purpose
The goals are to study fundaments related to chemical covalent attachment of molecules over conductive electrodes and the control of the properties of the nanoscale junction. This has been the state-of-art for molecular electronics and molecular electrochemistry. In the present call, selected candidate is going to measure time-dependent electronic features of nanoscale junctions in an electrochemical environment. Impedance methods will be supported by other complementary techniques such as Kelvin probe, scanning electrochemical microscopic, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and computational simulations. The essence of the problem is that it has been recently demonstrated that both capacitive and resistive phenomenon involved with electron dynamics throughout molecular-scale junctions embedded in an electrolyte environment are governed by mesoscopic principles. Although this is demonstrated, the mesoscopic physics of nanoelectronics and electrochemistry are marginally exploited up to now. Particularly it has been demonstrated (by our research group) that the electrochemistry of a two-dimensional molecular ensemble made of individual molecular point contacts is a particular case of a quantum resistance-capacitance circuit. The intrinsic electrical current exchange (resonant) between electrochemical accessible sites and the electrode is enlightened by considering quantum resistive-capacitive ensembles (a collection of parallel individual quantum point contacts) in such a way that the electron transfer rate, which governs the rate of electrochemical reactions, is given by k=G/Cu, wherein is the electrochemical capacitance and is the conductance associated with the quantum of conductance. Astonishingly this simple equation reconciles molecular electronics and electrochemistry and its usefulness has been demonstrated in accessing the energy for charging molecular redox switches (in the Fermi energy of the interface) and thus use these switches as energy transducers in molecular diagnostics, for instance. Additionally, the concepts have been shown to be applied in obtaining the conductance of DNA nanowires (in different chemically designed double strands) and finally in explaining the supercapacitance phenomenon of reduced graphene molecular layers. Even so, the use of specifically designed molecular switches and semiconductive (organic or inorganic) layers under different electric or optical estimulative conditions yet remains to be exploited in both fundamental and experimental features so this constitutes the main goal of the present call for those post-doctorate that would be able to support the continuing investigation and to find out alternative uses of molecular switches and nanoscale electrochemistry.

Information
Scholarship period
The period of validity covered by the scholarships is TWO year that can be extended to FOUR years.

Scholarship stipend
1. Scholarships’ stipend will be BRL 7.373,10 monthly (free of tax).
2. The scholarship also includes an additional stipend for congress participation and travel to cooperate with third parties.

Requisites for acceptance of applications

The scholarship candidate (after selection) shall send the following documents to the head researcher of the project:
a) Application form (signature may be scanned)
b) Photocopy of national identity card of your country or equivalent
c) Photocopy of valid passport for foreign citizens not resident in Brazil.
d) Photocopy of official academic certificate including your academic title and grades obtained, together with dates.
e) Photocopy of academic degree or deposit made for the issuance of degree.
f) Applicant’s updated résumé.
g) Report on your participation in previous research proposals.
h) 2 letters of recommendation.
i) Supporting documents of knowledge of English or Portuguese.

 

Evaluation and selection of candidates
The application will be evaluated by the research body, and the head researcher of the project shall provide a shortlist of a maximum of three candidates sorted by score, according to the following scale:
a) Academic record (30%)
b) Experience related with this applied proposal (electrochemistry methods) (20%)
c) Adaptation of their skills to specific requirements of this call (30%)
d) Letters of recommendation (20%)


Admission
Beneficiaries must join the corresponding research body within the scheduled period as provided in the award decision. In the event that he/she does not join within the scheduled period, the scholarship will be cancelled, unless the beneficiary has been granted an adjournment period.

Temporary suspension of scholarship
Authorized voluntary suspensions shall not exceed 6 months over the whole period of scholarship and during such suspension period no stipend shall be paid. The period of suspension cannot be recovered.
If the holder does not return after the period of suspension has expired, it shall be understood that the beneficiary renounces the scholarship.

For more details and interest to apply send your CV and a letter of interest to:
Prof. Dr. Paulo R. Bueno
UNESP, São Paulo State University
Institute of Chemistry, Physical Chemistry Department


Personal Home Page
Nanobionics Group: http://www.nanobionics.pro.br/


 

September 2018

 

High pressure electrodeposition (duration: 3 year)


The department of Materials Engineering at KU Leuven is seeking a strongly motivated postdoc to work on the electrodeposition of metals, metal oxides and metal-organic-frameworks (MOFs) at elevated pressures. This project is part of a collaborative European research project. The effect of pressure on electrodeposition is poorly studied, but it offers the possibilities to influence electrochemical reactions involving gas reactants and to work at elevated temperatures. Elevated pressure allows e.g. the electrodeposition of metals and metalloids that have a low overvoltage for hydrogen evolution. Elevated temperatures, made possible by the increase in pressure, give access to the electrodeposition of phases that are not possible at room temperature and the electrodeposition of intrinsic semi-conductors due to the strong temperature-dependence of the concentration of charge carriers.

The aim of this project is to explore these possibilities for the electrodeposition of metals, semi-conductors and MOFs. Several electrochemical high-pressure reactors are available. In general, the goal is to obtain a better understanding of the effect of pressure on electrodeposition processes and to use this knowhow for the synthesis of new materials.

Qualifications:
- Candidates must have a PhD degree in chemistry or materials science with a strong background in electrochemistry.
- The candidate must have excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

Interested candidates should send their CV and a statement of interest to Prof. Jan Fransaer (jan.fransaer@kuleuven.be). Screening of applications will begin immediately.


 

May 2018

 

Research Fellow in Surface Electrochemistry/Physical Chemistry


A Leverhulme Trust funded Research Associate position in magnetic field-dependent electrochemistry is available within the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham. The successful candidate will join the group of Prof. Tim Albrecht, working in close collaboration with the group of Dr Matt Fuchter (Imperial College London), in a joint Leverhulme Trust-funded research project.

The successful candidate will carry out novel research that builds upon an interdisciplinary effort around electrochemical synthesis, surface modification and the effects of magnetic fields.

For further information please contact Prof. Tim Albrecht, t.albrecht@bham.ac.uk
Group website: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/profiles/chemistry/albrecht-tim.aspx

Interested? Please apply on-line via (closing date: 30th August)

https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BLX852/research-fellow-in-surface-electrochemistry-physical-chemistry

Competitive candidates should possess
• Understanding and/or practical experience in operating an STM or AFM, preferably in electrochemical environments
• Practical experience and/or knowledge in performing electrodeposition and other surface modification methods.
• Experience in elctrochemical characterisation of molecules in solution and on surfaces, including but not limited to pulse voltametry and impedance spectroscopy
• Experience in instrumentation development/electronics or instrumentation control
• Ability to conduct a detailed review of recent literature
• Ability to develop and apply new concepts
• Creative approach to problem-solving
• Excellent verbal communication skills and the ability to deal with a wide range of people
• Excellent written communication skills and the ability to write clearly and succinctly for publication
• Ability to draft competitive research proposals for funding
• Ability to direct the work of a small research team and motivate others to produce a high standard of work
• Ability to organise own work with minimal supervision

Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range £29,799 to £38,832. With potential progression once in post to £41,212 a year.


 

May 2018

 

PhD project: Graphene-Biocatalysts for Enzymatic Biofuel Cells


A 3-year PhD position is open in NanoChemistry group at Department of Chemistry, Technical University of Denmark (DTU). The project is aimed at Development of Graphene-Biocatalysts for Enzymatic Biofuel Cells. The position will be available from the 1st October 2018 to the 30th September 2021 and be supervised by Professor Jingdong Zhang (main supervisor) and Professor Jens Ulstrup (co-supervisor). The project is funded by Danish Research Council (DFF) in close cooperation with Danish Power Systems ApS and Potsdam University.

Project Description
This project aims at development of biocatalysts for enzymatic biofuel cells (EBFCs) with high activity and long lifetime. We plan to design and synthesize redox enzymes with graphene to construct biocatalysts. Enzymes which can catalyze oxidation of fuel molecules such as glucose and alcohol, reduction of dioxygen will be chosen as targeted enzymes for bioanodes and cathodes, respectively. The project will construct biocatalysts with a large surface area in 3 dimensions (3D) to confine enzymes and increase their stability and electron transfer efficiency. The most promising biocatalysts will be used as electrode materials to construct EBFCs. Interdisciplinary methodology from chemistry, biochemistry and energy conversion will be employed to investigate structure-function relations of the newly developed biocatalysts. Electrochemistry techniques play a role for investigation of both the biocatalysts and the EBFCs. The project tasks contain construction of biocatalysts with electrocatalytic function for biocathode and bioanode, structural and functional study of the biocatalysts, design and construction of EBFCs and test them in the EBFCs.

Successful candidate will join in NanoChemistry group, which is part of Organic and Inorganic Chemistry Section at Department of Chemistry. The group is very active and international. It has strong expertise on electrochemistry, bioelectrochemistry, chemical syntheses of inorganic nanomaterials and in situ scanning probe microscopies such as scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Research activities such as chemical syntheses of functional nanomaterials such as metal/metal oxides nanoparticles, graphene for development of clean energy are running in the group.

Responsibilities and tasks for the PhD position

For qualified PhD candidate, you are expected to take following responsibilities and learning objectives:

1. Research: Design, syntheses and fabrication of graphene-biocatalysts. Electrochemical investigations. Bioelectrochemistry. Systematic property and structural characterization of the developed biocatalysts. Construction and operation of enzymatic biofuel cells (EBFCs). Development of long-life of biocatalysts with high efficiency for EBFCs.

2. Team work: work together and cooperate with senior scientists, postdocs, PhD students, master and bachelor students in the group. Actively collaborate with national and international academic partners and industry partners.

3. Management: Planning and following up development of the project. Conducting experiments regularly and summarizing results monthly.

4. Dissemination: Active participation at group meeting and international conferences. Composing manuscripts for publications in international journals.

Qualifications
Candidates must have a master's degree in chemistry, electrochemistry, biochemistry or biophysics, or academic experience equivalent to a master's degree in engineering, specifically with:
 
1.    A strong experimental background in bioelectrochemistry, biofuel cells, electrochemistry, energy conversion, inorganic chemistry, material chemistry, and physical chemistry.

2.    A strong background relating to experimental electrochemistry and electrochemical data modelling.

3.    A candidate with experience on bioelectrocatalysis, enzyme electrochemistry, electrochemical energy conversion, chemical synthesis of graphene, 3 dimensional graphene or its hybrids and advanced microscopies such as scanning tunnelling microscope, atomic force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) will be preferred.

4.   Full-hearted, hard working, and highly motivated commitment to research.

5.   Independence and cooperation with the research team.

6. Good communication in the English language.
 
Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide (http://www.dtu.dk/english/Education/phd/PhDguide).

Assessment

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Jingdong Zhang and Jens Ulstrup

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.

Further information 
For additional information please contact Professor Jingdong Zhang, DTU Chemistry, email: jz@kemi.dtu.dk.
You can read more about NanoChemistry group on http://www.kemi.dtu.dk/english/Research/InorganicChemistry/NanoChemistry

Application
Please submit your application no later than 28th August 2018 to jz@kemi.dtu.dk. Promising applicants will be contacted and called for interviews.

Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all required materials as following:

• A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
• Curriculum vitae
• At least two recommendation letters from his/her supervisors
• Grade transcripts of BSc and MSc diploma
• Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)
• Research plan
• Bachelor and MSc thesis
• International English test (for none native English speakers)

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.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and public service. Our staff of 5,700 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 11,000 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.