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Bio-inspired heteropolymetallic clusters for carbon dioxide reduction
Collège de France - Université Pierre et Marie Curie/, Paris
Laboratoire de Chimie des Processus Biologiques
Inorganic Chemistry Synthetic Chemistry Electrochemistry 
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PhD position (3 years) starting in October 2016 (later starting date possible) in Collège de France (Paris).

Bio-inspired heteropolymetallic clusters for carbon dioxide reduction

College de France - Universtité Pierre et Marie Curie
Project description
Carbon dioxide has become increasingly recognized as a valuable resource, and its large scale
conversion into useful chemicals has the potential to provide cheap and renewable alternatives to fossil fuels. However, a current scientific bottleneck is the development of effective catalysts for CO2
reduction. Redox enzymes that catalyze this reaction in nature provide a unique inspiration to the synthetic chemist. This PhD project will focus on the synthesis of enzyme mimics of CO2 reduction enzymes and investigate their catalytic activity. In a second time, the design of functional devices for CO2 reduction will be investigated, through the design of heterogeneous bio-inspired electrodes.

This project will involve a multidisciplinary approach based on coordination and organometallic chemistry, catalysis, electrochemistry as well as enzymatic and bio-inspired catalysis. It will benefit from the numerous facilities of the Laboratory of Chemistry of Biological Processes (LCBP) at Collège de France to investigate molecular chemistry and electrocatalysis, including synthetic laboratories, extensive analytical tools for compound characterization as well as for the detection of CO2 reduction products, and cutting edge photo- and electrochemical equipment for
catalytic studies. The PhD student will work under the supervision of Prof. Marc Fontecave and will be co-supervised by Dr Victor Mougel.
Application before July 15th, 2016

A letter of motivation, detailed curriculum vitae, B.Sc. & M.Sc. grades and reference letter(s) will be required.

For more details on the PhD project or to apply, please contact Dr Victor Mougel:


Posted on: 17 June 2016Deadline to apply: 15 July 2016Start Date: 01 October 2016 Duration: 36 months
The Fund category is Private Funding and the salary is 20-25k€ annual gross
Doctoral School is Paris-centre Molecular chemistry in the Ile-de-France Region.

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