The Systems and Synthetic Biology Research Line in Turin is currently opening a Fellowship position in synthesis of polymer for membranes.
The candidate will work in the development of systems based on ionic membranes; the ionic separation activity could involve the preparation of membranes based on polymers and 2D materials (e.g. graphene) and the development of new methods for gas / gas CO2 separation.
Eligible applicants will have a Master degree in Material Science, Chemistry or related fields. Preference will be given to candidates with proven expertise in chemical/polymer synthesis, polymer analyses on chemical/physical properties of polymers, polymeric membranes.
The selected candidate will be part of an interdisciplinary team as fellow. In particular, the candidate will be part of a H2020 project (OCEAN - Oxalic acid from CO2 using Eletrochemistry At demonstration scale – Grant Agreement n° 767798), dealing with “New electrochemical solutions for industrial processing, which contribute to a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions”. The expected starting date of the contract is September 2018
To apply (deadline is June 15, 2018) please send a cover letter outlining experience and qualifications for the post and CV to Prof. Fabrizio Pirri (firstname.lastname@example.org) quoting “Fellowship position in synthesis of polymer for membranes (G.A. 767798) CB 75406” in the subject line.
IIT was established in 2003 and successfully created the large scale infrastructure in Genova, a network of 10 state of the art laboratories countrywide, recruited an international staff of about 1100 people from more than 50 countries. IIT's research endeavor focuses on high-tech and innovation, representing the forefront of technology with possible application from medicine to industry, computer science, robotics, life sciences and nanobiotechnologies.
The Systems and Synthetic Biology Research Line in Turin is devoted to the development of new materials for a sustainable pathway to reduce CO2 emissions, to explore new energy conversion and storage methods, as well as to enforce the adoption of 3D printing for metals as a direct manufacturing process, thus enabling a cost- and resource-efficient production, and to apply a brand-new approach to cybernetic systems by means of smart colloids.
In particular, the research activity is focused on the development of:
materials with tailored properties for the CO2 capture and conversion to produce useful fuels/chemicals;
efficient energy storage systems;
new materials for the additive manufacturing (AM) technology known as
Concerning CO2 capture, ionic liquids (Ils) and Dendrimers/hyperbranced polymers (Hypos) has been developed with this aim. Ils produced from metabolic molecules (e.g. aminoacids) are green and sustainable, offering the advantages of regeneration using lesser energy than classical amine systems. Polymer solutions containing CO2-philic groups is a class of liquids able to absorb CO2 with negligible vapor pressure. Hypos because of the low surface/volume ratio have reduced intermolecular interaction and lower viscosity with respect to linear functionalized polymers.
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