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Postdoctoral Research Associate Chemistry

Job ID 1890 Date posted 09/17/2019


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The postdoctoral research associate will perform catalyst characterization and mechanistic studies for processes linked to C1 chemistry {CO2
hydrogenation, the water-gas shift reaction and methane dry reforming} on powder catalysts. The studies will be carried out using a combination of infrared spectroscopy and synchrotron-based techniques such as ambient-pressure x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, time-resolved x-ray diffraction and x-ray absorption spectroscopy. A large fraction of the project will be carried out at beamlines of the National Synchrotron Light Source II. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will help to develop instrumentation to characterize catalysts at high pressures (>50 bar) in operando conditions.



  • PhD in chemistry, chemical engineering or physics
  • Extensive experience in heterogeneous catalysis.
  • Knowledge on in-situ and operando catalyst characterization is highly desirable.
BNL policy requires that research associate appointments be made to individuals who have received their doctorate within the past 5 years.


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