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PhD Studentship on photocatalysts for solar syngas (BB-E1A5F)

Found in: Jooble IE


The Project:

NEFERTITI will develop an innovative highly efficient photocatalytic system enabling a simultaneous conversion of CO 2 and H 2 O into solar fuels (ethanol and alcohols with longer chain such as (iso)propanol) and thus provide a breakthrough alternative to transform CO 2 into valuable products for energy and transport. NEFERTITI aims to integrate novel heterogeneous catalysts (Covalent organic frameworks and metal oxides combined with metallic nanoparticles) and luminescent solar concentrators into two Photocatalytic flow reactors sourced by sunlight energy. By increasing the sunlight conversion efficiency and improving light-harvesting and charge separation, NEFERTITI will overcome the remaining technological challenges, improve the competitiveness of the photocatalytic technologies and enable a carbon-neutral production of solar fuels in a single-step process as an alternative to traditional multi-step processes. Novel photocatalytic materials, optical and chemical light-harvesting components and flow reactors will be designed, developed and integrated in a system. Economic and sustainability assessment throughout the entire life cycle will consider socio-economic and environmental impacts, as well as workers’ health & safety to maximize productivity and resource efficiency and minimize the risks.

Job Description:

The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr Pau Farràs and Dr Roberto González to develop a PhD project on the topic “Construction of hybrid photoactive frameworks with nanoparticles for water splitting”.


  • Prepare organic and organometallic precursors by chemical synthesis methods
  • Design photoactive covalent organic frameworks and combine with metal oxide and metallic nanoparticles
  • Investigate the photocatalytic activity and stability under relevant operation conditions
  • Study photocatalyst structure in situ using spectroscopic techniques.
  • Keep appropriate records as directed and in line with Funder/University policy.
  • Contribute to the research project’s dissemination in whatever form - report, papers, chapters, book.


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Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to Doctor Pau FARRÀS e-mail

Eligibility criteria

To Apply:

Applications to include a motivation letter, CV, BSc and/or MSc diploma and contact details for two referees should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to Dr Pau Farràs: e-mail . Please put reference number NUIG-PhD-scholarship in subject line of e-mail application.

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Offer Requirements
  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL Chemistry: Master Degree or equivalent


Qualifications/Skills required:

The ideal candidate should hold a BSc or MSc in Chemistry, Materials Science or Chemical Engineering with experience in organic and inorganic synthesis, and knowledge in nanomaterials. Candidates should have excellent communication and organizational skills; demonstrable problem solving skills, be highly motivated and passionate about research in renewable energy; and have strong documentation, oral and interpersonal skills.

Specific Requirements

Essential Requirements:

  • At least 2.1 or equivalent BSc or MSc in Chemistry, Materials Science or Chemical Engineering
  • Evidence of experience in organic and inorganic synthesis
  • Excellent English speaking and writing abilities
  • Evidence of team working skills
  • Eligible for enrolment in the Structured PhD in Chemistry programme at NUI Galway

Desirable Requirements:

  • Experience in nanoparticle synthesis
  • Knowledge on photocatalysis and porous materials
  • Ability to work in a focused and supportive team and the willingness to maintain the friendly and supportive atmosphere of the group

Salary range: PhD stipend €18,500 per annum + Academic Fees

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