PhD position in Chemical Science
Institut Français du Pétrole




The PhD project is proposed in the context of the transformation and upgrading of lignocellulosic biomass into platform molecules for the chemical industry. The goal of the project is to understand and rationalize the separation mechanisms involved in the separation of biomass-based molecules by adsorption on microporous matrixes, in particular zeolites. The selectivity of adsorption of several molecules of interest in cation-exchanged zeolites will be examined by a combined experimental and theoretical approach. The experimental section will consist in modification and characterization of several adsorption materials, and evaluation of their separation properties using dynamic adsorption experiment setups (breakthrough curves). Competitive adsorption between several molecules will be assessed using binary or ternary mixture as a feed. In parallel, the adsorption mechanisms of the corresponding molecules in selected zeolites will be studied by ab initio molecular modeling in order to identify the preferred adsorption modes and adsorption strength and rationalize at the molecular scale the selectivities observed. Additional spectroscopic characterization will also be used in order to gain more structural information on adsorption modes.

Through this project the candidate should thus be trained to a variety of techniques and approaches for the fundamental and applied research in the field of adsorption, separation and biomass transformation, which should leave him/her with a suitable training to look for a position in academia or industry.


Offer Requirements

    Chemistry: Master Degree or equivalent


Training or experience in computational chemistry would be a plus.


Specific Requirements

Fluency in French or English, willingness to learn French

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