Postdoctoral Researcher in Heterogeneous Catalysis for Hydrogen Production (M/F)

Reference : MRT-2020-032

Type: Researcher
Contract type: Fixed term contract
Duration: 24 months
Place: Belvaux



Water splitting into molecular hydrogen (H2) and oxygen (O2) provides a promising alternative to the worldwide energy and environmental challenges. The postdoctoral researcher will work in the framework of a large research project (ERC Consolidator grant) focusing on the chemical engineering of metalloporphyrin-based polymers for heterogeneous catalysis applications. The project, that involves an interdisciplinary team, includes the design and synthesis of novel catalyst materials, their characterization and evaluation for the production of hydrogen from water splitting.




The ERC-funded postdoctoral researcher will conduct research in the synthesis and characterisation of thin films that act as photocatalyst for the hydrogen (HER) and oxygen evolution reactions (OER). The researcher will work closely with the materials characterisation platform to build up a deep understanding of the synthesised materials. The researcher will then measure the performance of these materials and develop strategies to enhance their reactivity. The postdoctoral researcher, integrated to a very engaged and ambitious research team, is expected to develop these research activities to the highest scientific level.





  • The candidate should have a PhD degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Electrochemistry or related fields

Required seniority

  • A record of excellence in heterogeneous catalysis research area as evidenced through peer-reviewed journal publications. Applicants are encouraged to add their three best publications to their application and a short narrative on their contribution for each


  • Extensive experience in heterogeneous catalysis
  • Good knowledge about catalyst evaluation with state-of-the art methods
  • Demonstrated experience in electrochemistry, photoelectrochemistry and/or photocatalysis
  • A sound understanding of the fundamental issues and challenges relating to water splitting for hydrogen generation
  • Experience in conjugated microporous polymers or porphyrins will be considered a plus


  • Fluent oral and written English is required


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