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PhD Position in Designing CO2 Photocapture Materials
York University and the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS)

Date Posted Dec. 12, 2020
Title PhD Position in Designing CO2 Photocapture Materials
University York University and the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS)
Toronto, ON, Canada
Department Department of Mechanical Engineering
Application Deadline open until filled
Position Start Date May 1, 2021
  • Online / Remote Position
  • Graduate Student
  • Physics - General
    Materials Sciences/Polymer Sciences
    Chemistry - General
    Sciences - General

PhD Position in Designing CO2 Photocapture Materials and performing their Life-cycle and Technoeconomic Assessments

This position is funded through a collaborative project between Prof. Kulbir Ghuman at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) and Prof. Paul O’Brien at the Lassonde School of Engineering, York University

Project title: Nano- to Gigascale Development and Modelling of CO2 Photocapture Materials

Project description: The successful applicant will work on an exciting research project that has the potential to push sustainable energy technologies beyond their current limits. The high level research objectives of this project are to (1) model materials that exhibit selective CO2 photoadsorption at the nanoscale and (2) perform technoeconomic (TEA) and life-cycle assessment (LCA) for systems that use these materials to capture CO2 at a globally significant rates. Density Functional Theory (DFT) and Time-Dependent DFT (TDDFT) will be used to understand CO2 adsorption photoactivity. The cost-effectiveness of CO2 capture systems will be estimated using TEA and the environmental impacts of the CO2 capture systems will be predicted by following the ISO 14044 guidelines for LCA. By aligning the goals, scope and other parameters of LCA and TEA, both financial and environmental aspects of a technology can be evaluated. This analysis will be performed for multiple operating scenarios (i.e. different locations, energy sources, and applications or end uses for the captured CO2).

Research area: Sustainable energy, Computational materials design, Nanomaterials, Life cycle assessment, Technoeconomic analysis

Research advisors: Prof. Kulbir Ghuman, Prof. Paul O’Brien

Starting date: Jan 2021 or May 2021

Institution: Lassonde School of Engineering, York University, 4700 Keele St., Toronto, Ontario, M3J 1P3, Canada & Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Centre Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications, 1650 Boulevard Lionel-Boulet, Varennes, Quebec, J3× 1S2, Canada

Financial support: All students are entitled to receive financial support during their graduate studies. Moreover, students are also invited to apply for external scholarships from FRQNT, NSERC, etc.

Eligibility: Applicants should have a degree (M.Sc. or M.A.Sc) in Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, or equivalent and must be fluent in English (orally as well as in written). Fluency in French is considered to be a valuabe asset. He/She should be able to work independently as well as with a team. His/Her ability to demonstrate critical and independent thinking will be invaluable assets.

How to apply: Interested candidates should send a detailed CV, cover letter, academic records, statement of interest, and the contact details of at least one reference to or Please mention if you are an international or a domestic (Canadian citizen/ permanent resident) candidate. Any inquiries can also be sent to these emails.

  • York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA Program applies to women, members of visible minorities (members of racialized groups), Aboriginal (Indigenous) people and persons with disabilities

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