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NMR Study of Nano-Silica Supported Catalysts
University of Lille 1, Villeneuve d'Ascq
Institute for Catalysis and Solid-state Chemistry
Analytical Chemistry Nanotechnology Chemistry (other) 
Full Description:

Project PIs: Prof. Olivier Lafon (Universite de Lille
1, France), Dr. Hervé Vezin (CNRS, France) with Indian
Collaborators Prof. Vivek Polshettiwar (TIFR, Mumbai) and
Prof. P. K. Madhu (TIFR, Mumbai and Hyderabad).

Project Objectives: High surface fibrous nano-silica (KCC-1)
are promising materials for numerous applications, including catalysis,
medical imaging and drug delivery. The development of
tunable synthesis and surface modification process for these
nanomaterials require a better understanding of the structure of surface sites

and their interactions with various substrates.
This project aims at characterizing these sites and interactions via
conventional and Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP)-enhanced
solid-state NMR. EPR spectroscopy will provide useful
information to optimize sample preparation. Structural information
thus obtained will be used for a rational improvement of solid base

Hosts and research infrastructure: Lille and Mumbai are
vibrant cities, imbued with a rich history. Lille is located in the
middle of northwestern Europe (only 30 min by high-speed trains from
Brussels, 1h from Paris and 1h30 from London). Mumbai lies on the
western coast of India by the bank of Arabian Sea. Lille and Mumbai
are leading centers for magnetic resonance in their own countries.
The project involves research groups internationally known for
nanocatalysis, solid-state NMR, DNP and EPR. Vivek Polshettiwar
discovered KCC-1 nanomaterials, whereas Olivier Lafon and Herve
Vezin pioneered the study of nanostructured materials by DNP-NMR. 
Lille magnetic resonance facility includes 800 and 900 MHz
NMR spectrometers for the study of liquids and solids as well as
pulsed EPR spectrometers. It has also been selected recently
for the installation of the first 1200 MHz NMR spectrometer
in France.

The applicant: We seek application from national and international
students who have graduated in physics or chemistry,
preferably with a background in material sciences or NMR
spectroscopy. The successful applicant will be given the opportunity
to work in an exciting environment with national and international

Interested candidates may send his/her CV with a covering letter
(one single PDF) to Prof. Olivier Lafon by e-mail to
Note: Position is available only after receiving the funds from
CEFIPRA for this accepted project, which may happen in the next 1 to
3 months.

Posted on: 07 January 2015Deadline to apply: 30 September 2015Start Date: 01 May 2015 Duration: 36 months
The Fund category is Mixed Funding and the salary is 20-25k€ annual gross
Doctoral School is Matter, radiation and environmental sciences in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais Region.

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