Contract type: Fixed term contract
Duration: 14 months (+22 + 12 months extension)
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The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) is a Research and Technology Organization (RTO) active in the fields of materials, environment and IT. By transforming scientific knowledge into technologies, smart data and tools, LIST empowers citizens in their choices, public authorities in their decisions and businesses in their strategies.
You will be part of the LIST Materials Research and Technology department
Through its research into advanced materials and processes, the “Materials Research and Technology” (MRT) department, with its 200 researchers and engineers, contributes to the emergence of enabling technologies that underpin the innovation processes of local and international industry. MRT’s activities hinge on four thematic pillars: nanomaterials and nanotechnology, scientific instrumentation and process technology, structural composites, and functional polymers.
The department also includes four high-tech platforms, focusing on composites, prototyping, characterization and testing. These platforms serve both LIST research staff, and other stakeholders in Luxembourg.
Solar-assisted water splitting into molecular hydrogen (H2) and oxygen (O2) provides a promising alternative to the worldwide energy and environmental challenges. The PhD researcher will work in the framework of a large EU-funded 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 light-absorbing catalyst materials from the chemical vapor deposition of metalloporphyrins, along with their characterization and evaluation toward highly efficient and clean hydrogen production from photoelectrochemical water splitting.
The ERC-funded PhD student will conduct research in the synthesis and characterisation of metalloporphyrin-based conjugated polymer thin films that act as photo-electrocatalysts for the hydrogen (HER) and oxygen evolution reactions (OER) from solar-assisted water splitting. The PhD project will involve aspects of polymer synthesis under vacuum conditions and materials characterization. The PhD student will work closely with the other team members to build up a deep understanding of the chemical structure, microstructure, electronic and functional properties of the synthesised materials. The PhD student, integrated to a very engaged and ambitious research team, is expected to develop these research activities at the highest scientific level.
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