DFT-based theoretical modelling of the catalytic activity of deposited clusters
Prof. László Nyulászi
- To determine the lowest energy post-transition metal cluster structure and its thermal CO2 hydrogenation reactivity in the gas phase
- To investigate the finite temperature effects using statistical thermodynamics and molecular dynamics simulations
- To interpret the results using chemical bonding and charge analysis
- To define guidelines for effective deposited cluster catalyst selection
- Geometrical and electronic structure of different deposited clusters
- Effect of surface on the cluster reactivity and participation of surface atoms in the reaction path
- Thermal catalytic reaction mechanism by nudged elastic band computations and finite temperature effects using statistical thermodynamics and molecular dynamics
- Catchy Outreaching Events
- KUL for TPD measurements to study deposited cluster reactivity
- VITO for modeling of catalysts under realistic reaction conditions
- RU for training on IR vibrational spectroscopy of cluster-molecule complexes
|Doctoral Student / Early Stage Researcher (ESR) position|
We are seeking the ESR 6 (doctoral student) of our recently funded Marie Sklodowska Curie-ITN CATCHY project on the “Design, implementation and production upscaling of novel, high-performance, multimetallic cluster-based catalysts for CO2 hydrogenation and electro-reduction”.
Candidates should have (or be about to obtain) a master degree in Chemistry, Physics or a closely related subject, be highly motivated and skilled for working in a computational modelling and interdisciplinary research field, and ideally have a background in one or more of the following fields: physical chemistry, catalysis, computational chemistry, nanotechnology and inorganic chemistry. The successful candidate will have obtained excellent grades both in his/her Bachelor and Master degrees.
ESR 6 will be enrolled in the Ph.D. programme of the George Oláh PhD School at Budapest University of Technology and Economics. He/she will learn the state-of-the art quantum chemistry and molecular simulations to investigate the structure and thermo-catalytic reactivity of metal clusters. Three secondments are foreseen, opening the possibility to learn thermo-catalytic modelling at realistic conditions and also to have an insight into the experimental work using TPD and IR spectroscopy of cluster-molecule complexes.
The position is funded by the EU for a duration of 3 years. The starting date should ideally be February 2021, or September 2021.
Please check the employment conditions and apply online below before January 31st 2021.