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PhD & Post-doctoral Adverts

Opportunity in Solar Fuels Research

Postdoctoral Position at the Faculty of Science and the Leiden Institute of Chemistry

University of Leiden

This postdoctoral position is part of the EU-funded Future Emerging Technologies SOFIA project ( ). The aim of this project is to develop photocatalytically active soap films for solar fuel production. The candidate will have expertise in the synthesis of metal-based compounds and demonstrated experience in photocatalysis and/or supramolecular chemistry. The postdoc position will be hosted within the group of Dr. Sylvestre Bonnet, whose research focus is on performing photochemistry in biomimetic supramolecular environments. Embedded within a multidisciplinary European project, the postdoctoral collaborator will also work within the coordination chemistry and catalysis group in Leiden (MCBIM), which houses excellent facilities for synthesis, photochemistry, and photocatalysis, and hosts several PhD student with expertise in the field of supramolecular photocatalysis. Strong interaction between the postdoc and on the one hand the members of the MCBIM solar fuel team, and on the other hand the European teams of the SOFIA project, is expected.

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Deadline: 20th January 2020



PhD in Solar Chemicals

University of Cambridge

A PhD studentship in the Reisner Laboratory at the University of Cambridge will become available for a start in Oct 2020 in a multinational and collaborative project on the synthesis of solar chemicals. More information about the position and application procedures can be found it the Reisner Lab website at Deadline for applications is the 31st of Dec 2019.

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Deadline: 31st of January 2020

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PhD in Photoelectrocatalytic Production of Ammonia and Amines

University of Warwick

This PhD project will exploit photoelectrocatalytic ways of ammonia production utilizing solar energy to drive the electrocatalytic process. New, earth-abundant catalyst materials will be developed by magnetron sputtering and directly deposited on a light-absorbing semiconductor. Electrolyte and the electrocatalyst nanotopography will be optimized with respect to the overall device performance. In a seconds step, surface-activated nitrogen will be used to activate C=C double bonds forming amines which are precursors for chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Photoelectrochemical efficiency studies will be carried out in terrestrial and microgravity conditions to investigate the potential application of the device for fertilizer production in deep space missions.

This 3.5 year PhD studentship is fully funded by the EPSRC and will lead to expertise in manufacturing technologically advanced III-V semiconductors and electrocatalysts, photoelectrocatalysis and the production of solar fuels and chemicals as well designing and building experimental set-ups for experiments in microgravity environments.


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Deadline: 1st March 2020

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Please direct informal enquiries and request for further information to Dr. Katharina Brinkert -

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MSCA - ITN Solar2chem consortium Universities

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network (Call:H2020-MSCA-ITN-2019) “European network for the training of the next generation of scientists in solar chemicals for a sustainable Europe by hybrid molecule/semiconductor devices” (SOLAR2CHEM) invites applications for 15 early-stage researcher (ESR) positions, available with a starting date in the period 1st August–1st October 2020 for a period of three years. The network unites 12 beneficiaries and 8 partner organisations from both the academic and industrial sectors from 9 countries (Ireland, United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Hungary, Finland and Belgium). More information about the network can be found at

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Deadline for on-line application: 31st January 2020 (earlier deadlines might apply for some beneficiaries).
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PhD in Hybrid molecule/semiconductor devices for Solar Chemicals