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ESRF has a vacancy for a PhD thesis student Combinatorial zeolite filtering for selective gas separation and CO2 trapping

  • Closing date: 07 Aug 2021
  • France | European Synchrotron Radiation Facility
  • Date posted: 07 Jun 2021
  • Job type: Academic: PhD/MSc
  • Disciplines: Materials science¬† | Computational science & software engineering¬†
The European Synchrotron, the ESRF, is an international research centre based in Grenoble, France.
Through its innovative engineering, pioneering scientific vision and a strong commitment from its 700 staff members, the ESRF is recognised as one of the top research facilities worldwide. Its particle accelerator produces intense X-ray beams that are used by thousands of scientists each year for experiments in diverse fields such as biology, medicine, environmental sciences, cultural heritage, materials science, and physics.
Supported by 22 countries, the ESRF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diversity.
You will join the ID22 team at the ESRF. ID22 is a versatile instrument that can be exploited for a wide range of high-resolution powder diffraction measurements.
The PhD project is in relation with the study of gas trapping in microporous materials (e.g. zeolites), with a focus on the sequestration of CO2, a topic of importance to address current environmental problems. The presence of several gas components that compete for the most favoured adsorption sites often makes the selectivity of a microporous material drop dramatically.
A special in situ reactor that can accommodate a series of zeolite materials for gas mixture separation will be designed, and the evolution of the zeolite structures and the location of the sorbed molecules will be monitored in situ. Results from both Rietveld refinements and molecular dynamic simulations will be combined to assess the sorption efficiency of the materials.
Further information may be obtained from C Dejoie (tel: +33 (0)4 76 88 23 57, email: and A Fitch (tel: +33 (0)4 76 88 25 32, email:
  • Degree allowing enrolment for a PhD (such as MSc, Master 2 de Recherche, Laurea or equivalent) in chemistry, physics, materials science or closely related science.
  • Interest in X-ray powder diffraction techniques and Rietveld refinement is desirable.
  • Knowledge of basic programming (python) would be an asset.
  • Proficiency in English (working language at the ESRF).
Contract of two years renewable for one year.
We offer a comprehensive benefits package designed to support your quality of life and your installation in the Grenoble area when relocation is needed.
The monthly salary may be complemented by additional allowances upon eligibility (expatriation allowance, etc.).

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