PhD & Post-doctoral Adverts

Opportunity in Solar Fuels Research

PhD position in solar fuel electrocataalysis

ICIQ - Lloret-Fillol Lab 

ICIQ is looking for a PhD student in the group of Prof. Julio Lloret-Fillol to work in the development of New (Photo)electrocatalysts to Produce Renewable Fuels. The research work to be developed within the field of catalysis and mechanistic studies with transition metal complexes for CO2 transformation to fuels in the field of electrofuel synthesis.In this context, the objective of the project is to develop robust, effective, and well-defined catalyst guided by rational design towards beyond two-electron reduction chemistry of CO2. Both light and redox potential will be used, and combined, as a potential removable energy source. The project will involve training in synthesis under strictly controlled conditions of ligands, metal complexes and low valent reaction intermediates. Mechanistic studies will be performed by a combination of electrochemistry, advanced spectroscopy, and labelling. Besides, computational studies will also be performed.


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Deadline: 7th October 2020

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PhD Position in Solar Fuel synthesis 

ICIQ - Llobet Lab

The research work to be developed is framed within the field of light induced redox catalysis with MOLECULAR transition metal complexes with a special focus on the water oxidation and CO2 reduction processes. The overall objective is to develop powerful MOLECULAR catalysts that can be anchored on photoanodes and photocathodes to improve their overall performance. The final goal is to build a photoelectrochemical cell for the generation of solar fuels.

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Deadline: 7th October 2020

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PhD position in Biophysics and Synthetic Biology

ICIQ - Romero Lab

PhD position 1: Design, Construction, and Investigation of Chromophore-Protein Assemblies able to perform Ultrafast Energy and Electron Transfer Processes

The objective is to design and construct bio-inspired chromophore-protein systems based on the knowledge obtained previously from Photosynthesis.  The energy and/or electron transfer dynamics in the systems will be investigated by ultrafast laser spectroscopy, that is, Two-Dimensional Electronic Spectroscopy (2DES) and Transient Absorption. Other systems’ properties will be studied by a collection of steady-state spectroscopic techniques as well as by mass spectrometry, NMR, chromatography, and X-ray spectroscopy. The optimized systems will be utilized to construct solar cells and, ultimately, they will be coupled to catalysts (developed by collaborators) to achieve the efficient conversion of solar energy to fuel.

PhD position 2: The Role of Coherence in Enhancing the Efficiency of Light Harvesting and Charge Separation in Photosynthesis

The objective of this multidisciplinary project is to understand the energy and electron transfer mechanisms active in Photosynthesis paying special attention to the role of coherence (which it is known to ensure ultrafast transfer of energy and electrons). To reach this goal, a series of photosynthetic complexes will be studied by a combination of steady-state and time-resolved spectroscopic methods, with a focus on ultrafast laser techniques, that is Two-Dimensional Electronic Spectroscopy (2DES) and Transient Absorption. For more information click here.

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Deadline: 7th October 2020

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PhD Position in Solar Fuels - SUN2CHEM

Universitat Jaume I - Lab Prof. Sixto Giménez 

The post is available as part of the SUN2CHEM project funded by the European Commission (H2020 Program). The objective of the project is obtaining a photoelectrochemical tandem device for the direct conversion of water and CO2 into ethylene using exclusively solar energy. The role of the INAM-UJI team is mainly related to the preparation, characterization and optimization of the photoanode of the cell (based on BiVO4) as well as investigating carrier dynamics with spectroscopic and photo-electrochemical tools to identify the best matching between light absorbers and catalysts along optimum working conditions. This also implies the design of the cell architecture in order to achieve a Solar to Chemical efficiency of 3%. 

The project requires a multidisciplinary approach from the synthesis of materials to the structural, chemical and photoelectrochemical characterization of materials and final devices, including also an important feedback from theoretical analysis of materials and interfaces. We encourage applications from researchers with high-level skills directly relevant to the synthesis and characterization of multinary metal oxides, water splitting and CO2 reduction catalysts and optoelectronic devices prepared with them, who can make a strong contribution to the project. Specific skills required for the position are listed below.

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Deadline: 30th September 2020

Postdoctoral position in renewable energy within the I2: ICIQ Impulsion programme 2020


The Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) is seeking highly talented Postdoctoral Researchers in the framework of the MSCA-COFUND I2: ICIQ Impulsion programmeI2: ICIQ Impulsion is a postdoctoral innovative research programme designed for experienced researchers looking for further opportunities and career development in research. The second call for applications will be open from September 1st to October 30th, 2020. The Call is addressed to experienced researchers with at least one year of postdoctoral experience that have not lived in Spain for more than 12 months in the last 3 years. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 801474. The postdoctoral positions available within the field of energy production are as follows:

1) Reference: ICIQ-EN-2001

-Name of the hosting group & Group Leader: Prof. Antoni Llobet

Title: Renewable solar fuels generation based on light driven molecular redox catalysis

2) Reference: ICIQ-EN-2002

-Name of the hosting group(s) & Group Leader(s): Prof. Pau Ballester – Prof. J.R. Galán- Mascarós – Prof. Emilio Palomares

Title: CO2Cat: Soft and supramolecular materials for sustainable (photo)electrochemical coonversion of CO2

3) Reference: ICIQ-EN-2003

-Name of the hosting group(s) & Group Leader(s): Prof. Julio Lloret-Fillol -Prof. Emilio Palomares

Title: MolandMat: Molecular materials for the conversion of CO2 into added value chemical products

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Deadline: 30th October 2020

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