PhD position Photo-electrochemical catalysis & sensing
University of Antwerp

PhD position Photo-electrochemical catalysis & sensing

Belgium 15 Apr 2021

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Department: Department of Bioscience Engineering
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The AXES research group at the University of Antwerp has an open position for a PhD to strengthen our developments in the field of photo-electrochemical catalysis & sensing.

Titanium-dioxide-based materials are semiconductors with many versatile applications in chemical catalysis, electrochemical sensing, food industry, energy conversion and many more. A considerable part of these applications rely on the electron-hole formation in titania by the absorption of light in the UV range. However, this restricts many practical applications, since sunlight has a limited UV content. Coloured titania, such as grey and black titania, can be formed via thermal, chemical or sonochemical reduction pathways. This PhD will contribute to the efforts of getting insight in the large heterogeneity in coloured titania materials and their syntheses used in literature, currently hampering a clear correlation between synthesis, electronic structure and activity. In this concerted action, we aim at a controlled alteration of the reduction conditions of porous titania linked to a direct determination of a variety of properties, such as electron traps, surface-adsorbed and surface-reacted species, bulk defects, band gap, polymorphs and pore sizes, and to activity measurements. For the latter we will test their capacity for photocatalytic reduction of CO2 and their applicability as electrode material in photo-electrochemical sensing applications.

Website: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/research-groups/axes/electro-chemical-analysis/

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The University of Antwerp received the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award for its HR policy. We are a sustainable, family-friendly organisation which invests in its employees’ growth. We encourage diversity and attach great importance to an inclusive working environment and equal opportunities, regardless of gender identity, disability, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or age. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse characteristics to apply.

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