2-year postdoc opportunity investigating the surface properties of heterogeneous catalysts for upgrading of renewable oil to fuel. We seek a postdoc candidate with experience in physical chemistry/surface science for a new experimental surface science project at the Interfaces and Catalysis group at the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Aarhus University.
Starting Date and Period
The position is for 24months
(with extension possibility) and is available as soon as possible, and ideally from Jan 2024.
In the project, you will become part of a team that investigates the surface structure and chemical properties of catalysts used for treatment of renewable bio-oils. The aim of the project is to develop insight needed to understand the capacity of these catalysts to remove O from bio-oil in renewable fuel production. As a postdoc you will develop and lead a research activity within experimental characterization of metalsulfide model catalysts using in-situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and synchrotron photoemission spectroscopy, including near-ambient-pressure XPS (NAP-XPS). The successful candidate will become part of an industry/academia consortium (HyProFuel) that seeks to develop better catalysts for treatment of bio-oil to green fuel. At the interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO) you will work in the experimental surface science group of Prof. Jeppe V. Lauritsen.
Related publications from the Interfaces and Catalysis group
- “Site-dependent reactivity of MoS2 nanoparticles in hydrodesulfurization of thiophene“. Nature Communications (2020), 11:4369.
- “Visualizing hydrogen-induced reshaping and edge activation in MoS2 and Co-promoted MoS2 catalyst clusters“. Nature Communications (2018), 9: 2211.
Applicants for the postdoc position should hold a PhD degree in physical chemistry, physics or nanoscience with a successful and documented scientific record. A PhD in equivalent disciplines may also be considered, if documentation for skills matching the position is provided.
We are looking for an excellent and highly motivated candidate with experience in experimental surface science studies, such as ultra-high vacuum (UHV)-based scanning probe microscopy and/or photoemission spectroscopy. Documentation of technical skills within handling of UHV equipment, synchrotron work or previous experience with surface science experiments will be seen as an advantage. Experience in catalysis-related surface science studies will be a plus, but is not required.
Who we are
The project will be carried out in the Interfaces and Catalysis group (Prof. Jeppe V. Lauritsen) at the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Aarhus University. The group commands a large range of experimental surface science techniques including a leading facility on scanning probe microscopy. The group is also very active users of synchrotrons, including the local ASTRID2 light source at Aarhus University and for example the nearby MAX-IV facility in Lund, Sweden. The work will be carried out in collaboration with groups at other international and Danish universities and the catalyst company Topsoe.