The Fritz Haber Institute (FHI) in Berlin is one of the oldest and most renowned research institutes within the Max Planck Society (MPG), Germany's most successful scientific organization. At the FHI, researchers from all over the world are engaged in basic research in the fields of physics and chemistry at interfaces and surfaces, catalysis research, and molecular physics. The Department of Inorganic Chemistry ( focuses on establishing fundamental understanding on the functionality of heterogeneous catalysts. Key aspects of our research involve synthesis, state-of-the-art characterization, concept and method development, and operando studies to obtain insights into their working structures. We aim at finding structures responsible for activity at gas/solid, liquid/solid, and solid/solid interfaces and the origin of deactivation within complex systems.

Within the AmmoRef project, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Oxide Group in the Department of Inorganic Chemistry in Berlin has an open

Postdoctoral Position (f/m/d)

Hydrothermal synthesis of ammonia decomposition catalysts

Your tasks:

The project aims to develop solutions for the energy transition. The German government's national hydrogen strategy focuses on green hydrogen as a building block to secure Germany's rising energy demand. The focus of the overall project is the development of transport solutions for green hydrogen in the form of carrier molecules such as ammonia. You will work on the synthesis of mixed transition metal systems as catalysts for ammonia reforming.

In this context you will deal with the hydrothermal synthesis of nanostructured mixed metal compounds. The aim is to influence the functional properties of the materials as catalysts synthetically by controlling the morphology and defect structure of the synthesis product. A deeper understanding of the synthesis is obtained by recording various reaction parameters and applying spectroscopic methods during the synthesis. In addition, exsolution experiments will be carried out under reducing atmospheres. The materials will be investigated using temperature-programmed methods and characterized with regard to their microstructure using a number of techniques, such as X-ray diffraction, vibrational spectroscopy, X-ray absorption, photoelectron spectroscopy, and electron microscopy in collaboration with experts in the department.

Your profile:

We are looking for someone with a solid background in inorganic chemistry, but also with interest in applying spectroscopy during synthesis and automating our synthesis lab. Required qualifications include a PhD in chemistry or materials science. Experience in heterogeneous catalysis is an advantage.

We offer:

The postdoctoral position will be for 3 years. The work location is the “Fritz-Haber-Institut”, IRIS building near the synchrotron source BESSY II in Berlin Adlershof. Berlin is a large, cosmopolitan and tolerant city that offers you a wide variety of culture, art, music, and outdoor opportunities.

Your application:

Applications are only accepted via our online application portal. Using the code word “HTS” in the subject heading at your earliest convenience, but not later than 31st January 2022. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Max Planck Society strives for gender equality and diversity. We welcome applications from all backgrounds. The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in research and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Annette Trunschke
phone: +49 30 8413 4457 / 4458

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