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Two PhD positions in propane dehydrogenation

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Two PhD positions in propane dehydrogenation

The research groups of Profs. Copéret and Müller (ETH Zürich; https://coperetgroup.ethz.ch/ and www.ese.mavt.ethz.ch) are looking for excellent candidates to fill two joint PhD positions in the area of propane dehydrogenation.

Project background

The project explores the development of heterogeneous catalysts for the dehydrogenation of propane to propene with attention to catalyst synthesis and characterization and mechanistic aspects. The ultimate goal of the project is the establishment of guiding principles to design novel catalyst formulations with the potential to replace existing industrial catalysts that are either toxic or rely on a comparatively high loading of noble metals.  

Job description

The PhD students participating in this research projects are expected to develop model catalysts with a well-defined structure, morphology and composition. Besides their activity, selectivity and stability under dehydrogenation conditions, their bulk and surface structures shall be mapped out utilizing a broad portfolio of characterization methods, including XAS, XRD, IR, NMR and Raman spectroscopy, when possible under in situ/operando conditions.

Your profile

Applicants for these PhD positions are expected to have an excellent MSc degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Material Science. Experience in the field of catalyst synthesis and/or characterization is important and highly valued. We are looking for highly motivated, committed, and creative individuals, able to work in a team and with outstanding communication skills. Working in a top-level research environment with advanced laboratory infrastructure, the candidates will have a unique opportunity to develop their research abilities. The positions are available from April 2022 onwards.

ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

Interested?

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • CV
  • Motivation letter
  • Transcripts
  • A 1-page-short essay on a catalyst of the applicants’ choice for the dehydrogenation of propane, wherein the applicant suggests a research question and outlines an experimental strategy to answer this research question.

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. Short-listed candidates will be asked to provide at least 2 recommendation letters.

Questions regarding these positions should be directed to Prof. Copéret or Müller by email at ccoperet@inorg.chem.ethz.ch and muelchri@ethz.ch).

In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our Equal Opportunities and Diversity website to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.

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Two PhD positions in propane dehydrogenation
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Plats
Rämistrasse 101 Zürich, Schweiz
Publicerad
2021-11-26
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