Wednesday, January 7, 2015

PhD position in solid-state NMR of nanocatalysts, Lille (France) and Mumbai (India)

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Dear Colleagues,

A PhD position in solid-state NMR spectroscopy of nanocatalysts is available. It is a joint PhD program between the University of Lille 1 (Lille, France) and TIFR (Mumbai, India). Please forward this email to potential candidates.

Best regards,
Olivier Lafon

Project: NMR Study of Nano-Silica Supported Catalysts

Project PIs: Prof. Olivier Lafon (Universite de Lille 1, France), Dr. Hervé Vezin (CNRS, France) with Indian Collaborators Prof. Vivek Polshettiwar (TIFR, Mumbai) and Prof. P. K. Madhu (TIFR, Mumbai and Hyderabad).

Project Objectives: High surface fibrous nano-silica (KCC-1) are promising materials for numerous applications, including catalysis, medical imaging and drug delivery. The development of tunable synthesis and surface modification process for these nanomaterials require a better understanding of the structure of surface sites and their interactions with various substrates. This project aims at characterizing these sites and interactions via conventional and Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP)-enhanced solid-state NMR. EPR spectroscopy will provide useful information to optimize sample preparation. Structural information thus obtained will be used for a rational improvement of solid base nanocatalysts.

Hosts and research infrastructure: Lille and Mumbai are vibrant cities, imbued with a rich history. Lille is located in the middle of northwestern Europe (only 30 min by high-speed trains from Brussels, 1h from Paris and 1h30 from London). Mumbai lies on the western coast of India by the bank of Arabian Sea. Lille and Mumbai are leading centers for magnetic resonance in their own countries. The project involves research groups internationally known for nanocatalysis, solid-state NMR, DNP and EPR. Vivek Polshettiwar discovered KCC-1 nanomaterials, whereas Olivier Lafon and Herve Vezin pioneered the study of nanostructured materials by DNP-NMR. Lille magnetic resonance facility includes 800 and 900 MHz NMR spectrometers for the study of liquids and solids as well as pulsed EPR spectrometers. It has also been selected recently for the installation of the first 1200 MHz NMR spectrometer in France.

The applicant: We seek application from national and international students who have graduated in physics or chemistry, preferably with a background in material sciences or NMR spectroscopy. The successful applicant will be given the opportunity to work in an exciting environment with national and international collaborations.

Interested candidates may send his/her CV with a covering letter (one single PDF) to Prof. Olivier Lafon by e-mail to

Note: Position is available only after receiving the funds from CEFIPRA for this accepted project, which may happen in the next 1 to 3 months.
Olivier Lafon

Department of chemistry
University of Lille North of France
F-59652, Villeneuve d'Ascq, Cedex, France

Tel: 33 3 20 43 41 43 Fax : 33 3 20 43 68 14


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