You will join the team of BM23 and ID24 beamlines at the ESRF, in a collaboration project with the University of Turin (Italy) and Umicore, a leading European producer of automotive catalysts. You will work with Cu-exchanged zeolites – novel nanoporous catalysts for abatement of harmful nitrogen oxides from the exhaust fumes of cars, ships and industrial plants. Your goal will be to reveal the mechanisms of their hydrothermal aging and sulphur poisoning, which are the two main processes that lead to deactivation of the catalysts.
Being versatile X-ray absorption spectroscopy beamlines, BM23 and ID24 feature a large variety of complementary techniques and a wide range of sample environment for chemical studies. You will exploit BM23 and ID24 to perform multi-technique spectroscopic experiments in operando conditions. In addition to the synchrotron experiments you will be involved in catalytic tests at Umicore in Denmark, and optical spectroscopy characterization at the University of Turin. The project supervisors have a strong record in X-ray absorption spectroscopy, catalytic testing, and optical spectroscopy, and therefore, the project is expected to yield major advancements in the chemistry of metal-exchanged zeolites, ensuring your all-round scientific development and providing a solid basis for your future career in academia or industry.
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More details about the application procedure on www.innovaxn.eu/for-students/documents/
The successful candidate will be enrolled into the PhD Programme in Chemistry and Materials Sciences at the University of Turin and based full-time at the ESRF (Grenoble, France). The project also requires a 3-month secondment at Umicore (Lyngby, Denmark). Additional visits totaling no more than 3 months may be made to the University of Turin when needed. Furthermore, a varied pedagogical training programme will be offered to the successful candidate throughout the 3-year PhD project.
More details on the InnovaXN programme on www.innovaxn.eu
InnovaXN is a Horizon 2020 MSCA COFUND programme providing an opportunity for 40 industrial companies to work with 40 PhD students, performing advanced research and exploiting the unique characterisation techniques of the ESRF and ILL. Through collaborations with industry, innovation will be the central theme of the programme. This will provide a unique cross academic-industry science setting, secondment opportunities and society-relevant research, training the future key researchers able to tackle major research and societal challenges.