Area of research:
Scientific / postdoctoral posts
The position is suitable for part-time employment.
The Chair in Chemical Technology and Catalysis (www.itcp.kit.edu/grunwaldt) focuses on the design, testing and in-depth characterization of heterogeneous catalysts. Our research topics range from exhaust gas aftertreatment and fine chemical synthesis, to renewable energy applications including biomass conversion. The group operates in close collaboration with other leading figures in both science and industry, offering a complete approach spanning from fundamental studies to industrial applications.
The group for emission reduction is engaged in the understanding and development of conventional and novel promising materials for application as pollution control catalysts. It is embedded in the “Exhaust Gas Center Karlsruhe”, which is equipped with modern test benches and a broad variety of state-of-the art characterization techniques. It is in particular utilizing cutting-edge synchrotron-based techniques, which allow the characterization under realistic operation conditions, to investigate the relationship between structure and catalytic activity of heterogeneous catalysts.
The research project will be part of a larger international initiative focusing on the development and in-depth characterization of catalysts for reducing emissions. For this purpose, systematic preparation and testing will be combined with in situ/operando characterization by using advanced characterization methods. The study will be closely coordinated with external and international project partners from academia.
You will therefore work in a multidisciplinary environment, in close collaboration with our group and our external partners. The position will particularly involve the use of synchrotron radiation; therefore, you will have the opportunity to conduct experiments at world-leading large-scale facilities (eg. PETRA III, ESRF, SOLEIL, SLS, ANKA). In addition, you can get deep insight into electron microscopy, including also in situ studies. Moreover, you will promote your research and represent the group at international conferences.
- Synthesis, testing and characterization of emission control catalysts
- Catalyst characterization by applying state of the art spectroscopic methods at synchrotron radiation sources, e.g. operando X-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy
- Extensive data analysis, preparation of reports and publications
- Supervision of Bachelor and Master students.
This research center is part of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. With more than 42,000 employees and an annual budget of over € 5 billion, the Helmholtz Association is Germany’s largest scientific organisation.