A postdoc position is offered at the Center for Energy and Environment (CERI
EE) of Institute Mines Telecom Nord Europe. In the framework of our work on
organic gas sensors, we are looking for a candidate with a PhD in Material
Science with a strong scientific expertise on conductive polymers and their
physico-chemical analysis to explore properties/performances relationships.
Knowledge on sensors, physics of conductive polymer, synthesis or processing
of polymer blends are welcome. Candidate must be fluent in English with good
The CERI EE currently develops industry-oriented research activities on the
manufacturing of gas sensors (amonia, hydrogen sulfide, formaldehyde and
others) for various applications linked to outdoor and indoor air quality
monitoring. A specific attention is paid to sensing performances (detection
limit, sensitivity, selectivity, etc…) in controlled environments and real
situations. The actual technology is based on conductive polymers such as
polyaniline (PANI) that display strong variations of its intrinsic
resistivity with the concentation of different target gases.
In order to facilitate the mass production of those devices, the actual
formulations based on carcinogenic solvant need to be changed. The
modification of the solution interogates the role of each component. In this
context, the post-doc will have to i) elucidate the role of the dopant and
ii) the influence of the solvant in the detection mecanims and in the
performances of gas sensors.
- Formulate or synthetize various polyaniline composites
- Develop experimental strategy to clarify the impact of the nature of dopant
and solvant in the detection of gas
- Model gas solid interaction at the origin of the sensors response
- Optimize the formulation of the conductive polymers used as sensitive
Offer RequirementsSpecific Requirements
The candidate must hold a PhD degree in the field of materials
chemistry/physics or materials engineering. The successful candidate must have
strong scientific background and technical skills, allowing her/him to carry
out the aforementioned missions.
She/He should :
have solid scientific and technological background and significant
experience in conductive polymer synthesis/formulation and
characterization. would be appreciated.
Knowledge on physics of conductive polymers, of ink formulation for
various printing processes, micro/nanostructuring, organic electronics,
would be appreciated.
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