The Fritz-Haber-Institut (FHI) in Berlin is an institute of the Max Planck Society (MPG), Germany's organization for basic research. At the FHI, scientists from all over the world are engaged in fundamental studies in the field of chemical physics at interfaces and surfaces, catalysis research and molecular physics.
The Oxide Group in the Department of Inorganic Chemistry has an open
Study of the synthesis of functional interfaces
Supports play an important role in heterogeneous catalysis for stabilization of the active phase. Essential for anchoring of active species are functional groups on the surface of the support such as hydroxyl groups. The most frequently applied synthesis method is impregnation. Your task is to study quantitatively surface OH groups at the solid-liquid interphase with respect to their polarizability (reactivity) under the dynamic conditions of impregnation (as a function of e.g., concentration, ionic strength, and pH). In your work you will apply established techniques for characterization of OH groups, but you will also deal with the development of new in situ methods.
We expect a sound knowledge of physical chemistry, curiosity and inventive talent. We are looking for someone who is also interested in implementing modern methods of data analysis. Required qualifications include a PhD in chemistry, physics or materials science. A strong proven research background in heterogeneous catalysis is advantageous.
The postdoctoral position will be for 2 years with the option on extension and the opportunity for further qualification. The work location is the 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.
Applications are only accepted via our online application portal. Please submit your application as soon as possible but latest by May 21, 2021 including the following documents: