Postdoctoral Appointment

Argonne National Laboratory

Lemont, IL

Job posting number: #7071666 (Ref:409001)

Posted: October 29, 2020

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

We invite you to apply for a Postdoctoral Appointee position within our Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division (CSE). 

In this role you will conduct research in heterogeneous catalysis for the fundamental understanding of the upcycling of plastic waste. The project will involve the design of batch and flow reactor systems for the catalytic deconstruction of polyolefins, the testing of inorganic nanostructured catalytic materials using high-throughput reactors, and the characterization of the upcycled products using a combination of analytical techniques including gas and liquid chromatography, and high-temperature gel-permeation chromatography. The successful candidate will undergo more detailed studies towards understanding the reaction mechanisms and determining the reaction kinetics.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience: 

  • Considerable knowledge in reactor design and testing of various types catalytic materials, including supported nanoparticles.
  • Kinetics and mechanistic analyses of heterogeneous catalysts are essential.
  • Experience in high-throughput experimentations and in situ characterization of reacting catalyst system would be an asset.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills is a requirement.

     


This level of knowledge is typically achieved through a formal education in Chemical Engineering or Chemistry or at the Ph.D. degree level with 0 to 3 years of experience or equivalent in the scientific application of this knowledge and practical laboratory experience.

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