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Open PhD Position: Wireless electrochemistry for energy storage

Deadline: Jan 28, 2023

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. 

Anna May
09 January 2023

Main Tasks and Responsibilities

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.


  • Master degree (in Electrochemistry, Materials Science, Chemistry …)
  • A good knowledge of English will be highly valued.
  • Experience in inorganic solution synthesis, electrochemistry and spectroscopies …
  • Team work capabilities, initiative and creativity
  • A natural instinct for lab work and collaboration


  • The contract will be full time.
  • Gross annual salary of around 22,000 Euros
  • Duration of 2 years with the possibility of extension.
  • The starting date will be February-March 2023.

How to apply

The selection process will be continuous until a good candidate is found.

Interested persons should send an email to Nieves Casañ-Pastor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. attaching:

  • CV
  • Letter of motivation
  • If possible, contact details of a reference person.

ICMAB is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion of people with disabilities.

About the research groups

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: 

  • Electrodeposition of complex oxides, or single metal Xray detectors,
  • Cation or anion (oxygen , fluoride , nitride) intercalation and deintercalation solid state processes have been achieved as been achieved at  room temperature allowing the preparation of 2D ferromagnetic materials and superconductors
  • The formation of hybrid materials with complementary electrochemical properties have led to large charge capacity bioelectrodes;
  • Pristine graphene has been `reared by electrochemical exfoliation of graphite
  • Wireless bipolar electrochemistry effects have allowed the electrostimulation of neural cell growth, and the development of new engineering in electrostimulation protocols and in general electrochemical cells with a lower resistance, or generation of Titanium oxides nanotubes

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.

Additional information may be checked or requested at:, Or at Nieves Casañ-Pastor (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Xavier Torrelles (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) mails. 


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!

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