PhD position on Catalyst synthesis studied in real-time with transmission electron microscopy (1.0 FTE)

PhD position on Catalyst synthesis studied in real-time with transmission electron microscopy (1.0 FTE)

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9 Aug 16 Oct Utrecht

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Job description

We are looking for a PhD candidate on catalyst synthesis studied in real-time with transmission electron microscopy.

Heterogeneous metal catalysts are of tremendous importance to chemical industry. Activity, selectivity and stability of catalysts during chemical reactions is largely determined by the size, location and composition of catalytically active metal nanoparticles typically supported on metal oxides such as silica, alumina or titania. Within the framework of ARC-CBBC consortium, this project aims to deepen the fundamental understanding of the preparation of supported bimetallic catalysts. Advanced transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques will be used, amongst others in situ liquid and gas-phase TEM to study in real time the stages of catalyst preparation with nanometer scale resolution. The supported bimetallic catalysts will be studied with several advanced analytical tools available within the consortium. Hydrogenation catalysis is the envisaged application of the prepared materials.


Utrecht University


We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated and skilled student holding an Master's degree in a relevant area of Chemistry, Materials Science or Chemical Engineering.
The candidate preferably has some experience with catalysis, catalyst synthesis and/or electron microscopy.

Conditions of employment

The candidate is offered a full-time position for 4 years. The salary ranges from €2,226 to €2,897 (scale P according to the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities) gross per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end allowance of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). Here you'll find more information about working at Utrecht University.


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  • Research, Development, Innovation
  • 36—40 hours per week, temporary
  • €2266—€2897 per month
  • University Graduate
  • 999242



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