Research Associate in Catalytic Plasmonics at Imperial College London

Applications are invited for enthusiastic individuals with experience in nanophotonics, plasmonics, chemical physics and/or nanofabrication to join the CPLAS research team in the Experimental Solid State Group in the Department of Physics at Imperial College London.

The successful candidate will be part of our Catalytic Plasmonics (CPLAS) research programme. We aim to transform the field of chemical catalysis by combining the reaction-promoting physics of hot electrons in metals with the chemistry of photo-catalysis. The transformative impact of this new field of plasmocatalysis will lie in a significant reduction of energy requirements in key reactions in energy conversion, environmental protection, and pharmaceutical synthesis, with exquisite control of reaction pathways via optical means. This interdisciplinary research programme combines the skills of physicists, materials scientists, and chemists from across Imperial College London, Kingā€™s College London, and the UK Catalysis Hub including the Universities of Cardiff, Bath and Manchester. The physics team are aiming to understanding ph otocatalysis with plasmonic nanomaterials. development of multiscale hetero-nanomaterials for predictable plasmocatalysis and broadband sunlight harvesting, combining experiment with new modelling approaches within an AI framework; modelling and experimental optimisation of molecular interactions with plasmonic hetero-nanomaterials, including carrier dynamics and energy levels modification. 

Duties and responsibilities

The post holder will contribute to independent and original research within the Experimental Solid-State Physics Group, submit publications to refereed journals and assist with the administration of the Research Group. You will be self-motivated and be able to work alongside and aid graduate students. Interdisciplinary research and collaboration with theoreticians in other groups of the Department of Physics is an important aspect of this project.

Closing date: 9 September 2022

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