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Post-doc Preparation and Characterization of Catalysts - REF 22PDR181
University of São Paulo

Date Posted Nov. 23, 2022
Title Post-doc Preparation and Characterization of Catalysts - REF 22PDR181
University University of São Paulo More About This Institution...
Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Department Chemistry
Application Deadline Dec. 11, 2022
Position Start Date January 2023
  • Post-Doc
  • Chemistry - Physical
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    Chemistry - Analytical
    Chemistry - General

Project title:



Research theme area:

Materials and catalysis



The candidate will collaborate with researchers from the Thematic Project "Tying up materials for electrochemical energy storage and catalysis” at the University of São Paulo. Summary of the project can be found at the Fapesp website:



Currently, scientific problems are becoming increasingly complex, requiring an interdisciplinary research approach. Because of this, the creation of a team with defined, competent, and complementary expertise, as proposed in this thematic project, is of fundamental importance for the transition from science of incremental progress to a science that involves paradigm shifts and real impact on society.
This post-doctoral project will focus on the development of nanomaterials for catalytic applications focused on small molecules activation into molecular energy carriers. The nanomaterials will be prepared by means to allow the precise correlation between structure and activity, allowing not only the optimization of performances, but also the "design" of nanomaterials with adequate characteristics in order to obtain new and / or improved properties, overcoming the limitations resulting from the use of conventional heterogeneous catalysts. Pre-treatments and catalyst conditioning under reaction conditions may lead to changes in the reaction selectivity as revealed in recent studies. Understanding the catalysts in operando and at different life stages can be as important as the control obtained in the starting material. This post-doctoral candidate will develop activities to target reactions such as CO2 transformation into chemicals and fuels.


Requirements to fill the position:

The candidate must hold a PhD in chemistry or chemical engineering, preferably having conducted his/her studies in the area of materials and catalysis, and advanced in-situ characterization by XPS, DRIFTS and XAS. It is desirable experience in the preparation and characterization of nanostructured catalyst materials. Excellent rates in English writing, listening, and speaking. The candidate must have a maximum of five years after concluding the PhD and should have experience outside Brazil working in research centers.


Funding Notes: This Postdoc fellowship is funded by FAPESP. The fellowship will cover a standard maintenance stipend of R$ 8.479,20 (Reais) per month


Position: Post-Doctoral REF: 22PDR181 


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Contact Information

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    Human Resources
    University De São Paulo
    Av Prof Mello Moraes, 2231
    Cidade Universitaria - Butanta
    Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo 05508-030


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