POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS IN HETEROGENEOUS CATALYSIS AND PHOTOCATALYSIS

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS IN HETEROGENEOUS CATALYSIS AND PHOTOCATALYSIS

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The Takanabe Group at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is a lab focused on novel materials synthesis and kinetic/mechanistic understanding for the (photo)catalytic system for energy conversion. More information on our research program can be found on the Web at http://catec.kaust.edu.sa.

We invite outstanding Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers to apply for four open positions. Flexibility, ability to work in a team, and excellent communication skills in English are mandatory. Equally important are scientific curiosity and creativity. Successful candidates will work with state-of-the-art instrumentation in a highly collaborative, multidisciplinary environment (please visit also http://kcc.kaust.edu.sa). Group members will enjoy a high degree of creative freedom. Excellent opportunities for mastering new experimental techniques and for co-authoring high profile research publications will be provided. KAUST offers a highly competitive compensation and benefits package.

REQUIREMENTS:
Potential applicants should be experts in the field of heterogeneous catalysis, surface science, electrochemistry, photocatalysis, photoelectrochemistry, physics/chemistry in solar cell application, solid state physics or reaction mechanisms.
Also desired: a strong background in inorganic synthesis (high temperature inorganic synthesis/ hydrothermal synthesis / nanoparticles), (photo)electrochemistry (RDE/ reaction mechanisms / surface science by AFM/STM), and various characterization.

Please submit:
• A cover letter
• CV in a customary format, including publication list
• Reprints of the three most significant publications
to Prof. Kazuhiro Takanabe by email to eval(unescape('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%6b%61%7a%75%68%69%72%6f%2e%74%61%6b%61%6e%61%62%65%40%6b%61%75%73%74%2e%65%64%75%2e%73%61%22%3e%6b%61%7a%75%68%69%72%6f%2e%74%61%6b%61%6e%61%62%65%40%6b%61%75%73%74%2e%65%64%75%2e%73%61%3c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b')) After review, he will contact you to schedule for skype interview.

IMPORTANT:
• Please email complete applications only. Applications missing the requisite subject line or any of the required documents will not be reviewed
• This is not a medicinal chemistry or total synthesis position
One opening is to be taken ASAP, and the starting date for other three opening will be flexible from November 2012 to March 2013. Review of applications will start immediately and will continue until all the positions are filled.
 
 
Contact:      Kazuhiro Takanabe
KAUST
4700 KAUST
Thuwal,  23955-6900
Saudi Arabia
Email: kazuhiro.takanabekaust.edu.sa

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Dr. Mohamad EL-ROZ
Laboratoire Catalyse et spectrochimie
6 Boulevard Marechal Juin
14050 Caen cedex, France
e-mail: mohamad.elroz@ensicaen.fr; Tel : + 33 6 46 12 74 32
 
Dear Prof. Takanabe,
I would like to apply for the available job concerning novel materials synthesis and kinetic/mechanistic understanding for the (photo)catalytic system.
Currently, I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Catalysis and Spectrochemistry in Caen, FRANCE. From 2010, I’m working on an industrial project with Evonik-Degussa industry. The subject of my work concerns the characterization of Silica samples and the investigation of the interaction between the silica surfaces and silanes (mainly by in-situ and operando IR spectroscopy). Indeed, silica materials are more and more used in tire field, as charge to replace black Carbone in the last generation tires (green tires). The relative hydrophilic silica surface, due to the presence of silanol groups, requires the use of overlapping agents “the silanes”. The characterization at microscopic scale of these materials (silanol content, water content, grafting reaction), using vibrational spectroscopic techniques, was allows improving the final product behaviors at macroscopic scale (adhesion on a wet surface, fraction, aging…).
In parallel to my industrial project, I’m working on different fundamental subjects. My fundamental research goals are directed to the understanding of the mode of action of heterogeneous photocatalysts, mainly by operando-IR spectroscopy. Recently, I designed a new operando-IR cell to study gas phase photocatalysis. It allows monitoring the photocatalysts surface by transmission IR spectroscopy, together with the evolved gas phase by IR and mass spectrometry. I also coupled operando-IR studies with SSITKA (Steady State Isotopic Transient Kinetic Analysis) to investigate the mechanism of methanol oxidation on a TiO2 photocatalyst. This new technique was well received (El-Roz el al.; J. Phys. Chem. C, 2012, 116, 13252-13263; 4th International Congress on Operando Spectroscopy (Operando IV), New-York, USA, April 29 - May 3, 2012; oral presentation accepted in Europacta, Lyon, sep. 2013...).
Therfore, I could bring to your group a solid background in photocatalyst materials and in operando-IR spectroscopy, an exposure to and practice of a wide range of experimental and characterization techniques (IR spectroscopy (in-situ and operando), XRD, SEM, Laser Flash Photolysis etc…). I also gained experience in catalyst (bulk and supported) and porous materials preparation.  
Please find enclosed my curriculum vitae, my publication record and my references. Do not hesitate to contact me if further information is needed.
Thank you for considering of my application
Yours sincerely

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