Post-doc position in plastic waste valorization in flow chemistry at EIC European Innovative Council

Microwave-assisted continuous valorization of plastic waste for the production of hydrogen and carbon.

Type of offer: Post-doctoral fellow 12 months
Financing: EIC European Innovative Council; Salary level: nd
Host Institution: Chimie ParisTech, France (100%)
Place of work: Paris – France (100%)
Speciality: Chemistry – Organic, mineral, industrial chemistry – Engineering sciences
Start of post-doc: 01/05/2024 End of post-doc: 30/04/2025

Position:

The chemical industry is responsible for the production of a wide range of products, including:

(i) basic chemicals, such as polymers, petrochemicals, and essential inorganic substances; (ii) speciality chemicals used in various sectors, including pharmaceuticals, crop protection, paints, inks, dyes, textiles, paper, and engineering; (iii) consumer chemicals, such as detergents, soaps, fragrances, and flavors, among others. There is a growing global demand for basic compounds and hydrogen Hz. Both academic and industrial chemists are actively exploring innovative methods to synthesize target materials from waste, while integrating green chemistry principles into practical processes. One promising approach to facilite novel chemical H2 synthesis from plastic waste is the efficient activation of reagents. Continuous flow systems, in conjunction with other alternative technologies, offer significant processing advantages over traditional batch chemistry methods.

Description of the mission:

Innovative alternative technologies for sustainable and environmentally friendly chemistry will be explored, specifically the synergy of continuous flow systems and green chemistry principles to advance the development of hydrogen H2 from plastic waste will be investigated.

The primary objectives of this research project in green chemistry will include:

  • ´╗┐´╗┐Conduct a comparative analysis of batch synthesis and continuous flow synthesis methods for hydrogen H2 production, Actively participate in a comprehensive literature review.
  • ´╗┐´╗┐Investigate the parameters of both batch and continuous equipment and their impact on the results in organic synthesis and catalysis;
  • ´╗┐´╗┐Synthesis of H2 and solid carbon;
  • ´╗┐´╗┐Perform thorough physicochemical analyses of the target chemicals produced;
  • ´╗┐´╗┐Evaluate the performance of the continuous flow device.

This study will contribute to the advancement of sustainable chemistry by improving the efficiency and reducing the environmental footprint of the production process.

Candidate profile:

Candidate with a deep profile in a relevant discipline such as chemistry and engineering with a high knowledge of conventional analytical methods

High level written and oral communication skills

To respond to this offer:

Full CV, covering letter of recommendation to be send by e-mail to christophe.len@chimieparistech.psl.eu

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