Phd - New Pd Complexes For Adipic Acid Synthesis Through The Alkoxycarbonylation Of Butadiene

Universities and Institutes of France


July 21, 2022


  • Organisation/Company: IFP Energies nouvelles
  • Research Field: Chemistry › Computational chemistry Chemistry › Homogeneous catalysis Chemistry › Inorganic chemistry Chemistry › Molecular chemistry Chemistry › Reaction mechanisms and dynamics
  • Researcher Profile: First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • Application Deadline: 21/07/2022 20:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • Location: France › Solaize
  • Type Of Contract: Temporary
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Offer Starting Date: 14/11/2022
  • Adipic acid is considered as the most important dicarboxylic acid of global market. Its main application concerns the synthesis of polyamides-6,6, also called “Nylon”. Today, this chemical is obtained via a petrochemical process starting from cyclohexane oxidation. Therefore, there is a high interest in the development of new environmentally friendly synthetic pathways allowing us to prepare adipic acid starting from renewable sources, while keeping high values of productivity and avoiding the formation of pollutant side-products.

    An interesting route for the preparation of adipic acid from renewable sources implies the utilization of butadiene, which can be directly obtained from bioethanol (which in turn is produced through sugars fermentation), as platform molecule. The corresponding adipate is prepared through the alkoxycarbonylation of butadiene in the presence of CO and an alcohol. This reaction can be considered as fully « sustainable », as CO can also be obtained from CO2 through the “reverse water-gas shift” reaction.

    The present PhD aims to prepare new ligands and their corresponding organometallic complexes for their use as catalysts in the alkoxycarbonylation of butadiene. In addition, mechanistic studies at both theoretical at experimental level will be performed.

    Eligibility criteria

    We are looking for graduate master students in chemistry or equivalent. Any experience in organometallic synthesis ,working under inert atmosphere or DFT calculations would be well appreciated

    Fluency in English required, willingness to learn French

    Selection process

    To apply, please send a cover letter and your CV to juan-manuel.asensio-

    Additional comments

    PhD contract of 3 years starting in november 2022 at IFPEN (Solaize). Solaize is situated 15 km away from Lyon. Possibility to reach the Institute from Lyon by public transport in around 30 minutes

    IFP Energies nouvelles is a French public-sector research, innovation and training center. Its mission is to develop efficient, economical, clean and sustainable technologies in the fields of energy, transport and the environment.

    IFPEN offers a stimulating research environment, with access to first in class laboratory infrastructures and computing facilities. IFPEN offers competitive salary and benefits packages. All PhD students have access to dedicated seminars and training sessions.

    Web site for additional job details

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    Offer Requirements
  • ENGLISH: Good


    University master's degree in chemistry or equivalent.

    Any experience in organometallic chemistry, coordination chemistry, homogeneous catalysis and analytical techniques will be well appreciated

    Contact Information
  • Organisation/Company: IFP Energies nouvelles
  • Organisation Type: Public Research Institution
  • Website: https:// www.
  • Country: France
  • City: Rueil-Malmaison
  • Postal Code: 92852
  • Street: 4 avenue de Bois-Préau
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