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

Postdoctoral Position (f/m/d)

Study of the synthesis of functional interfaces

Your tasks:

You will be part of the activities in the CatLab project of the AC Department and our research activities in the framework of the BasCat collaboration between BASF SE, Technical University Berlin, Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, and the cluster of excellence Unifying Systems in Catalysis” (UniSysCat https :// The project will investigate the interaction of precursor species with the surface of supports in solution, such as the interaction of platinum complexes with a silica surface in aqueous solution. Supported catalysts are the key to new innovative catalytic processes that are needed to establish a climate-neutral economy and to produce hydrogen and chemical intermediates such as olefins using renewable energies in a closed carbon dioxide cycle.

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.

Your profile:

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.

We offer:

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.

Your application:

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:

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
Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
Department of Inorganic Chemistry
Faradayweg 4-6, 14195 Berlin
Zum Großen Windkanal 6, 12489 Berlin
phone: +49 30 8413 4457 / 4458

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