Open PhD position at Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) in Grenoble: Spin-crossover molecular-based materials for efficient carbon capture and release

Spin-crossover molecular-based materials for efficient carbon capture and release. The role of anthropogenic CO2 emissions as a major contributor to climate change is nowadays beyond discussion and a proposed way to mitigate these effects in the medium term is to employ carbon capture and sequestration or recycling.

CO2 capture using porous compounds relies in the selective adsorption of CO2 from a flue gas. By increasing temperature or pressure CO2 is desorbed and the cost of the process is related to the working capacity, i.e. the difference between the amount of adsorbed CO2 at adsorption and desorption conditions. Here we propose to design novel materials that can more efficiently adsorb and desorb CO2. We propose to design materials whose affinity for CO2 can be modified upon a change in their electronic structure, here spin-crossover, allowing for a larger working capacity. Spin-crossover may occur in transition-metal complexes (d4-d7 electrons) where the competition between the electron pairing energy and the ligand field splitting yields two possible electronic configurations (low-spin and high-spin) that can be inter-converted upon the application of external perturbations (temperature, pressure, etc).

Starting date: October 2018;
Supervisors & contact info: Roberta Poloni (roberta.poloni@grenoble-inp.fr, SIMaP&CNRS, Grenoble), Jose Sanchez Costa (jose.sanchezcosta@imdea.org, IMDEA, Madrid) and Alberto Rodriguez Velamazan (velamazan@ill.fr, ILL, Grenoble);
How to apply: please send a cover letter, a detailed CV including academic records, and names and contact of at least two referees to the three supervisors;
Salary: 3-years funding with gross salary of around 2350 euros/month (for more details see https://www.ill.eu/careers/all-our-vacancies/phd-recruitment/phd-work-at-the-ill/).

More information here and in this website: https://www.ill.eu/careers/all-our-vacancies/phd-recruitment/open-phd-positions/

See more posts on ICMAB related to: JOBS

Related Topics: JOBS


  • Personal obituary for Massimo Marezio, from Xavier Obradors

    01 July 2019 289 hit(s)
    Unfortunately, our good friend, collaborator and benefactor or many ICMAB researchers, Dr. Massimo Marezio, passed away last May 13, 2019, in his hometown, Rome. Prof. Xavier Obradors, who met him while he was doing his PhD thesis in Grenoble, has written him some words as an obituary in the form of a last personal letter. Read it here. Massimo se n’è ándato, a sempre caro amico!
  • Since 20 May 2019 our measurements are attached to nature constants

    03 June 2019 405 hit(s)
    On May 20, 2019, this year's World Metrology Day, the changes in the definitions of the International System of Units (SI) were accepted. All the units, now, depend on the laws of nature, instead of depending on physical artefacts. The "Big Kilo" as we knew it, will no longer be the reference to the "kilo". Instead, this unit will be based on the Planck constant, as the "meter" is based on the speed of light. In the redefinition, four of the seven SI base units – the kilogram, ampere, kelvin, and mole – were redefined by setting exact numerical values for the Planck constant (h), the elementary electric charge (e), the Boltzmann constant (k), and the Avogadro constant (NA), respectively. Read more about it here:
  • European companies and inventors file more patent applications in 2018. CSIC is number one in Spain.

    21 May 2019 572 hit(s)
    The CSIC leads in solitary the international patents requested in Spain, according to the annual report 2018 of the European Patent Office (EPO). The institution leads the classification with 61 patent applications in 2018. 


Your experience on this site will be improved by allowing cookies Cookie Settings