We offer a position for a predoctoral researcher in the framework of the project “Non-contact bipolar electrochemistry and its effects on bioelectrodes, electrochemical energy storage and electrocatalysis” with Nieves Casañ and Xavier Torrelles.
The candidate will work on the project "Effects of wireless electrochemistry in materails and devices for energy storage" in the groups of Nieves Casañ and Xavier Torrelles.
The Project consists on the design of new processes and methods to reach photo or electro catalytic materials based on titanium and iridium oxides, as well as improved energy storage devices.
Key materials will be synthesized using methods such as a) pulsed laser deposition (PLD) to develop anatase-TiO2 thin films on single-crystalline substrates for further comparison with emerging catalysts based on titania nanotubes, b) electrodeposition like in iridium oxides and c) wireless electrochemical technologies that produce surfaces and nanostructures that will facilitate water splitting, or redox intercalation.
The characterization of these materials involves the use of conventional laboratory techniques, e.g. spectroscopic, X-rays, XPS, AFM or SEM among others, as well as advanced synchrotron techniques capable of taking advantage of its properties related to its ability to scan the surface of the sample with great precision and the possibility of performing dynamic experiments.
The selection process will be continuous until a good candidate is found.
ICMAB is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion of people with disabilities.
The group led by Prof. Nieves Casañ-Pastor has four decades experience in the development of mixed valence phases and nanomaterials, as well as electrochemical synthesis and characterization, including wireless electrochemical effects for the development of energy storage devices, new materials or bioelectrodes.
Among the pioneering work developed at the group a few examples are:
Dr. Xavier Torrelles' group has complementary expertise, specifically adapted for this project. He has worked on the synthesis of oxide films for the production of hydrogen as well as on the design of these materials in the form of nanotubes applying electrochemical synthesis strategies in a collaborative framework. The characterization of surfaces as coming from films, crystals or polycrystals by means of synchrotron radiation techniques offers valuable information on the structure and electronic properties of these materials that is complementary to that obtained by laboratory techniques. The candidate's training will involve the use of such techniques.
ICMAB is one of the world’s leading institutes in Materials Science research, located at Campus UAB, very close to Barcelona. One of the main ICMAB’s strategic objectives and missions is to make an impact in the field of new materials for applications in energy, electronics and health.
ICMAB provides facilities, state-of-the-art equipment and most importantly, excellent scientists and professionals, to assure you a rewarding environment. In the last years, we have grown up to build up a team devoted to project managing, technology transfer, innovation, communication, maintenance, technical services and administration, to team up with the researchers for the advancement of science.
The diversity of our people and the interdisciplinary research fields related to Materials Science ensures an enriching and inspiring working environment. If you are an enthusiastic and highly motivated person and would like to work in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment, join us!