Post-doctoral : Femtocatalytic Photoconversion of Methane

Reference : UMR6506-SOPGRE-022
Workplace : CAEN
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 14 months
Expected date of employment : 1 July 2023
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : Betwen 2800 et 4000 euros bruts mensuels depending on experience
Desired level of education : 5-year university degree
Experience required : 5 to 10 years
Section CN : Interactions, particles, nuclei, from laboratory to cosmos


The goal of PulseCOMETH is to perform the femtocatalytic conversion of methane by applying ultrashort laser pulses for a dual control of the photocatalytic generation of the primary chemical species and of their thermally activated reactions.
The objective of the project is to develop novel multifunctional nanomaterials exhibiting tailored dual photocatalytic and photothermal activities that are optimized for the femtosecond excitation regime. Toward this end, both the composition and the nano-structuration of the materials will be optimized.


The Post Doc will be in charge of the preparation and characterization of metal- containing nanosized zeolite catalysts. Zeolites, porous materials, known as catalysts and adsorbents, have the capacity to be loaded with different metals and metal oxides including ZnO, either by insertion as monoatomic sites within their frameworks or by ion exchange in their channels and frameworks. NMR, IR, Raman, DLS, XRD characterizations of nanomaterials 
will be carried out.


– Must have a doctorate in chemistry, chemical engineering or material science.
– A relevant experience in physical chemistry, materials chemistry is mandatory.
– An experience in characterization of inorganic materials will be highly appreciated (NMR and IR)
-We are looking for a highly motivated candidate to be the link between two teams working in material science 
– Efficient in oral and written communications.
– Mastery of oral and written English is mandatory.

Work Context

The project will take place within the AAPG2022 PulseCOMETH project managed by Dr. Svetlana Mintova (Director of Recherche, CNRS, LCS UMR 6506, Caen). The work will be carried out at LCS – Laboratoire Catalyse & Spectrochimie ( located in Caen (Normandy).
The LCS has built its reputation on the preparation of zeolites and related porous materials, operando spectroscopy and catalysis. The selected candidate will be attached to UMR6506.

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