Postdoctoral position- Closing date: 23 May 2019

University of Liverpool, UK

Robotic Discovery of Hybrid Solar Fuels Catalysts

PDRA in the Robotic Discovery of Hybrid Solar Fuels Catalysts vacancy at the Leverhulme Research Centre for Functional Materials Design at the University of Liverpool.

Grade 7  £34,188 - £39,610 pa 
Closing date 23-May-2019 23:30
The post is available for 3 years

The post will focus on the use of new robotic tools to discover new hybrid photocatalysts for overall water splitting and (potentially) for other reactions. You should have a PhD in Chemistry, Physics, or Materials Science. A background in inorganic materials synthesis methods (e.g., ceramic, combustion, precursor and/or flux methods) and characterisation techniques (e.g., PXRD) is essential. Experience in photocatalysis (e.g., water splitting and/or CO2 reduction) or high-throughput methods would be an advantage, but these are not prerequisites. The project will be supervised by Professor Andrew Cooper FRS and it will be based in the Materials Innovation Factory and the Autonomous Chemistry Laboratory. You will have the opportunity to work with unique robotic platforms and to gain experience that could help to launch a successful career either in academia or in industry.

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Experienced researcher position

Closing date: 15 Dec 2019

​​Department of Industrial Systems Engineering and Design
Universitat Jaume I, 
Av. Vicent Sos Baynat s/n, 12006 Castellon (Spain)

Phone: +34 964 72 8212

Project Description

A highly enthusiastic researcher is required to work at the thermoelectric laboratory at Universitat Jaume I (Castellón, Spain) for the implementation of the European FET Open project "Solid-liquid thermoelectric systems with uncorrelated properties (UncorrelaTEd)”. It aims at achieving unprecedented thermoelectric performance by the combination of nanostructured thermoelectric materials with liquid electrolytes.

Contract terms
Full time (37.5 h/week) fixed term contract of 9 months that could be extended up to the whole duration of the project (3 more years) with a gross salary of 30,500 €/year approximately.

Starting date of the contract will be April 2020 (a later starting date will be highly unlikely).

Main tasks
Main research tasks for the researcher involve:
-the fabrication of devices combining nanostructured and porous thermoelectric films with liquid electrolytes.
-the determination of the thermoelectric properties and the heat-to-electricity energy conversion efficiency of these devices.
-the electrochemical characterisation of the devices by means of electrochemical methods (impedance spectroscopy, voltammetry).
The researcher will also undertake other common research tasks such as:
-engage in collaborative activities with the other partner organisations of the project.
-be involved in dissemination and outreach activities and the supervision of students. 
-drafting of scientific articles and/or research grant proposals under guidance.
-prepare results/reports for external funding bodies and research meetings.
Essential criteria
To have a degree in Chemistry, Physics, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science or equivalent.

Desirable criteria
-To have a PhD (or being close to complete it) or at least 3 years of full-time research experience.
-Knowledge and experience on the preparation of devices involving films and electrolytes (e.g. solar cells, batteries, supercapacitors, water splitting devices, electrochromics, etc.).
-Experience on the preparation of nanostructured porous materials.
-Knowledge and experience on the measurement of thermoelectric properties and measurement setups.
-Knowledge and experience on electrochemistry, especially on the use of electrochemical techniques (impedance spectroscopy, voltammetry, etc.).
-Good track record of publications related to the experience required.
-Right work attitude, following good practices and the established health and safety regulations.
-Work independently and as part of a team, maintain the working areas clean and tidy, take care of tools and instrumentation, etc.
-Good English level and experience on the use of scientific software (e.g. Labview, Zview, Matlab).

How to apply
Interested candidates please submit your CV with a short cover letter indicating why you are a good candidate for this position to Dr. Jorge García-Cañadas ( You can also contact him if you require further information. The offer closes on the 15th December 2019.

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PhD position- Closing date: 31 May 2019

University of East Anglia, School of Chemistry, Norwich, United Kingdom

Silicon nanostructures for synergetic applications in energy harvesting and storage (CHAOYU19SF)

Project start date: October 2019 

Entry requirements: Acceptable first degree - Chemistry, Material Science, Physics. 
The standard minimum entry requirement is 2:1. 

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Project Description

Silicon is an attractive material for anodes in energy storage devices, owing to ten times the theoretical capacity of its state-of-the-art carbonaceous counterpart and low working potential. Silicon anodes can be used in traditional Li-ion batteries, and in more recent Li-O2 and Li-S batteries.1 The three main challenges associated with silicon anodes are: (i) structural degradation and instability of the solid-electrolytle interphase caused by the large volume change during the cycling, (ii) the occurrence of side reactions with the electrolyte, and (iii) the low volumetric capacity when the material size is reduced to nanoscales. This PhD project is to design and synthesize novel silicon based nanostructures in order to overcome the main challenges for applications in energy harvesting and storage devices such as batteries. 

Funding Notes
This PhD project is offered on a self-funding basis. It is open to applicants with funding or those applying to funding sources. 

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Postdoctoral position- Starting 1 Feb 2019

University of Pisa, Italy

Investigation of thermal and charge transport in silicon nanostructures for thermoelectric applications


Prof Giovanni Pennelli

Prof Dario Narducci

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