Postdoctoral Research Associate in Heterogeneous/Cascade Catalysis

Durham, United Kingdom
Grade 7 £33,199
01 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
29 Apr 2019
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Department Of Chemistry

Grade 7 £33,199

A Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) position is available in Durham to establish innovative cascade catalytic processes for the synthesis of commodity chemicals. The overarching project goal is the development of a multi-stage flow process, which integrates classical heterogeneous catalysts with both immobilized homogeneous and solid-state molecular organometallic systems. This interdisciplinary project is funded through the EPSRC UK Catalysis Hub and is a close collaboration between Prof. Andrew Weller (Oxford), Prof. John Blacker (Leeds), Prof. Asterios Gavriilidis (UCL), Prof. Karen Wilson (RMIT, Australia), and the Catalysis Hub (Harwell). The UK Catalysis Hub is an EPSRC-funded initiative (https://ukcatalysishub.co.uk), which acts to promote and advance catalytic science in the UK.

The project will involve the synthesis and characterisation of heterogeneous catalyst systems; evaluation of catalyst performance using a variety of techniques (for example NMR spectroscopy and GC-MS); the design and application of flow reactors in catalysis, work closely with the Weller group in using and developing their solid-state molecular organometallic catalysis in cascade processes; have an interest in the development of machine learning as applied to optimised catalytic reactions. See recent publications from the Dyer and Weller groups: Top. Catal. 2018, 61, 213; Inorganics 2018, 6, 121; J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 14958; Organometallics 2018, 37, 3524; Chem. Sci. 2017, 8, 6014.

The project work will be supervised by Dr Philip Dyer (https://www.dur.ac.uk/chemistry/staff/profile/?id=1317) and Prof. Andrew Weller (http://research.chem.ox.ac.uk/andrew-weller.aspx).

The post-holder will report to Dr Philip Dyer and will liaise and work closely with all the collaborating research groups.

The post is a 24-month PDRA position available from 01 June 2019 until 31 May 2021. Funding is available for this fixed period only.

The post-holder is employed to work on research/a research project that will be led by another colleague. Whilst this means that the post-holder will not be carrying out independent research in his/her own right, the expectation is that they will contribute to the advancement of the project, through the development of their own research ideas/adaptation and development of research protocols.

Closes midday on : 29-Apr-2019