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3-Year Postdoctoral Fellow: Green Chemistry/Materials Chemistry

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A Postdoctoral Research Fellow position is available immediately in the Chemistry Department at the Khalifa University of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates. The research project focuses on the development and validation of novel mechanochemical methods for the degradation and functionalization of persistent organic pollutants. Those with a background in materials chemistry, crystal engineering, computational solid state materials modelling, synthesis and solid state chemistry are encouraged to apply. Last date to apply July 6 2018.

 

About the Project

This multidisciplinary project combines mechanochemistry, microbiology, synthetic biology, synthetic organic chemistry, solid-state computational chemistry and process optimization techniques in order to develop a novel, green process for the degradation of environmentally harmful persistent organic pollutants (POPs), specifically polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). In recent years, mechanochemical ball-milling techniques have shown great potential in the functionalization and synthetic preparation of supramolecular crystalline systems, nanoparticles, biomaterials, pigments and metal-organic frameworks. In some cases, mechanochemical techniques that require minimal or no solvent can facilitate the synthesis of “elusive” compounds not accessible via traditional solution-mediated organic chemistry techniques. There is also evidence that the high relative temperature and high mechanical impact frequency of solid materials within the ball-mill provide the optimum conditions for the degradation and remediation of PAHs. The hired postdoctoral fellow will pioneer the use of green mechanochemical methods for the functionalization, chemical conversion and degradation of PAHs. Real-time in-situ powder x-ray diffraction monitoring of the mechanochemical degradation of PAHs will be performed in order to characterize the poorly understood reaction pathway as well as the resulting byproducts. The postdoctoral fellow will synthesize and test the efficacy of a range of PAH nanoaggregation inhibitors in preventing the crystallisation and deposition of PAHs on a range of surfaces. The postdoctoral fellow will pioneer the use of catalytic biosurfactants isolated from microbial organisms and test the efficacy of a novel biosurfactant catalyzed mechanochemical remediation process that can facilitate the degradation of large-molecular weight PAHs into smaller-molecular weight byproducts.

 

Application Submission Instructions:

Only applications providing all application requirements will be further considered. These requirements should be numbered and attached to the application following this order:

  • applicant name and contact information,
  • a curriculum vitae including list of publications, awards, with potential start date,
  • Short statement of previous work and a description of your vision and your research plan on that field (no more than one A4 page – but should be very high quality). It should clearly highlight a vision of the candidate in the field, a prior understanding of the related literature and the definition of key steps towards innovative results in the field. This document will be a key element for the decision process towards recruitment.
  • Slides from a recent presentation in a conference or seminar
  • PDF of 3 most recent publications considered by the candidate as being representative of his research work
  • e‐mail and contact information for at least two references.

 

All documents should be placed in a zipped folder and submitted electronically to Dr. Sharmarke Mohamed (sharmarke.mohamed@ku.ac.ae) specifying in the e-mail subject “Postdoctoral Fellow-Mechanochemistry/Materials Chemistry”. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The candidate is expected to start at the earliest possible date. While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those under consideration will be contacted for a follow‐up interview.

 

 

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