Postdoctoral Position: Multifunctional Oxo Clusters – Mechanisms and
Prof. Dr. Greta Patzke's research group (please find further information
here) is looking for a creative chemist with expertise in the synthesis and
structural characterization of functional transition metal oxo clusters
(TMOCs) and/or polyoxometalates (POMs).
The position will explore unknown frontiers of TMOC formation processes as a
key to predictive inorganic materials design. The newly synthesized TMOCs will
be further screened for their bio-active and catalytic properties, and they
will be converted into novel, green composite materials.
Materials discovery. The assembly mechanisms of organically ligated
TMOCs as building blocks for new materials are widely unknown. The project
will start with the (combinatorial) screening of ligands and tuned
counter ions to generate functional TMOCs, while systematically
investigating their key formation parameters.
Cluster assembly mechanisms. As a central part of the project, the
precise formation mechanisms of interesting TMOCs will be monitored. To
this end, access to manifold analytical and spectroscopic methods (AFM,
Raman, fluorescence spectroscopy, EPR, XPS...) will be provided. The
project will benefit from the availability of a new in house X-ray
absorption spectroscopy setup, complemented with in situ/operando XAS
experiments at international synchrotron facilities for mechanistic
Applications. Anticancer and antibacterial properties of the newly
designed TMOCs/POMs and their biocompatible composites will be further
investigated within UZH collaborations. Water splitting performances can
be routinely assessed within the multi-disciplinary University of Zurich
Research Priority Program on Solar Light to Chemical Energy Conversion
(please find further information here).
We look forward to a motivated and creative team member holding a PhD degree
in inorganic chemistry and a strong background in structural
chemistry/crystallography. Experience in X-ray absorption spectroscopy is
What we offer
We offer access to completely new laboratories and international networking
for career development.
Place of work
University of Zurich, Department of Chemistry, Winterthurerstrasse 190, 8057
Start of employment
starting date: February 2022 or upon agreement.
The application must contain a CV/publication list, transcripts, two letters
of recommendation and a short motivation letter.
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