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Activities and nucleation processes in the SiO2-CaO-H2O-Organics system
CNRS - Univ. Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Dijon
Physical Chemistry Geochemistry Materials Science 
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A 4-years Ph.D. position is opening in the Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Carnot de Bourgogne (ICB UMR 6303 CNRS, Dijon), starting in Fall 2016, in close collaboration with the Institut des Sciences de la Terre (ISTerre UMR 5275 CNRS, Grenoble) and Empa (Zurich).


The PhD project aims at investigating the effect of small organic molecules on the nucleation and pre-nucleation processes of calcium silicate hydrate, C-S-H, the main cement hydrate. The work will involve the determination of the stability and characterization of organic/ions complexes as well as the study of the kinetics and the determination of the reaction path of C-S-H nucleation with and without organics.


The successful candidate will share her/his time between two CNRS institutes (ICB UMR 6303 Dijon,
ISTerre UMR 5275 Grenoble) and the Swiss institute Empa (Zurich).

Expected skills of the candidate:

We are looking for a student with a master in Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Materials Science, Earth Sciences, or related fields, with proficient spoken and written English level. A strong background in materials science and/or inorganic chemistry and excellent skills in the design and operation of experimental set-ups are an advantage. If you are motivated to perform scientific studies in well-equipped laboratories and enjoy working in an interdisciplinary environment, then you are the person we are looking for. The successful candidate will develop a characterization program to following the kinetics of cement hydration in the presence of simple organic molecules. The position is offered as a fixed term appointment of 4 years with a start date in the fall of 2016.





Posted on: 06 April 2016Deadline to apply: 31 August 2016Start Date: 01 November 2016 Duration: 48 months
The Fund category is Mixed Funding and the salary is 25-30k€ annual gross
Doctoral School is Carnot-Pasteur in the Bourgogne Region.

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