The Department of Interface Science (www.fhi.mpg.de/isc-department) headed by Prof. Beatriz Roldán Cuenya at the Fritz Haber Institute carries out cutting-edge research on advanced functional materials with applications in heterogeneous catalysis, energy conversion and electrochemistry. By combining unique synthesis methods, state-of-the art tools for operando experimental characterization and advanced approaches to data analysis, atomistic details of thermal catalysis and electrocatalytic reactions at gas/solid and liquid/solid interfaces are revealed. In particular, structure-reactivity correlations on nanostructured materials can be established, paving the way for the rational design of novel catalytic materials.
We are looking for a Postdoc for the Metal-Organic Interfaces (MOIN) Group at the Department of Interface Science.
PROJECT: Metal-Organic Networks for the Electrochemical Reduction of CO2
Inspired by the catalytic processes taking place in metalloenzymes, we are interested in the catalytic activity of metal-organic assemblies during the electrochemical reduction of CO2. In particular, well-defined two-dimensional metal-organic networks grown under ultra-high vacuum (UHV) conditions are excellent systems to study the influence of molecular arrangements, functional groups and metallic centers in the activity, selectivity and stability of the catalyst.
The selected candidate will join the Metal-Organic Interfaces (MOIN) group to work in a highly interdisciplinary field combining electrochemistry, surface science and organometallic chemistry. Electrochemical experimentation, such as cyclic voltammetry or chromatography, will be combined with techniques operating under UHV conditions to study the surface properties (scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), low energy electron diffraction (LEED) or high-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS)).
The Postdoc position is initially for one year, with the possibility of extending it up to three years.