Research Associate / Fellow in Nanomaterials Preparation and Characterisation, UK

University of Nottingham
Research Associate/Fellow
Study in:UK
Deadline: 19 November 2017

Research Associate / Fellow in Nanomaterials Preparation and Characterisation (fixed term)

Closing Date
Sunday, 19th November 2017
Job Type
Inorganic Chemistry
£26495 to £29799 per annum, depending on skills and experience (£29799 with relevant PhD).

Nanomaterials Preparation and Characterisation

The aim of the project “Electrocatalytic Nanoreactors for Absorption, Detection and Decontamination of Hazardous Compounds” (NanoElectroChem), funded by a European Research Council Proof of Principle grant,is to develop a universal nanoreactor platform capable of parallel absorption, sensing and decontamination of hazardous compounds. The project builds on the expertise established at the Nottingham NanoCarbon Group on the reactions in carbon nanotubes (CNT) catalysed by metal nanoclusters and nanoparticles embedded within the CNT cavity. We have demonstrated that the nanoscale confinement approach allows not only control of the selectivity and rates of chemical reactions, but also enables effective re-use of the metal catalyst, which retains its activity and selectivity due to the unique nanoscale environment created around the reactive sites. Our experimental methodology utilises a unique combination of synthetic chemistry, spectroscopy and electron microscopy, with the latter playing a key role in understanding nanoparticle dynamics and catalytic activity. Furthermore, we have recently harnessed the electrical conductivity of carbon nanotubes and demonstrated that our nanoreactors can simultaneously be used as nanoscale electrodes as well as the reaction vessels. These recent research results provide a foundation for the NanoElectroChem project where the nanoreactors will be employed for detection and decontamination of hazardous compounds.In this project, we shall utilise three innovative aspects of our previous work and combine them for the first time within a single portable device to overcome the current problems faced by those working with hazardous materials.

The person appointed will be responsible for (1) preparation and optimisation of nanoreactor systems, including the size of the cavity of nanoreactor as well as the metal/metal oxides contained within them; (2) structural characterisation by XRD, Raman, TGA and TEM with the latter method revealing the size and shape of nanoparticles, as well as their distribution within the nanoreactors; (3) correlation of data from both of these methods will allow us to evaluate the quality and type of electronic contact between the nanoreactor and catalyst which is essential for CWA sensing applications; (4) sensing and decontamination of hazardous model compounds using a range of analytical techniques such as UV-vis,NMR,MS and GC to confirm the decontamination has been achieved.

Candidates should have a first class honours degree (or equivalent) and have completed a PhD in Chemistry or  have submitted the PhD thesis by the start date.They should also have proven ability in innovative and effective experimental research in the areas of nanotubes and nanocatalysis. In-depth knowledge and experience in electron microscopy characterisation of carbon nanomaterials and their hybrid structures with metal/metal oxide nanoparticles, good practical skills in preparative nanoscale chemistry and in transmission electron microscopy (TEM) image acquisition and processing are essential.The candidate should possess excellent communication skills both orally and in written English, suitable for the preparation of scientific reports and publications.

This post is available as soon as possible and will be offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of 18 months.

Further details about the project and the research group are available at:

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Andrei Khloystov, email: Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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