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A ERC-StG project PhD opportunity to develop a new class of hybrid metal-carbon nanomaterials

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  • Full or part time
    Dr M Gimenez
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

The group of Dr. María Giménez, ERC Starting Grant holder and Ramón y Cajal Researcher, is seeking for 4 PhD candidates with strong interest in Chemistry and/or Nanomaterials Science to carry out research at the FunNanoMatLab at CiQUS. This appointment forms part of the cutting-edge project ERC-StG NANOCOMP, funded by the European Research Council (ERC).


The primary goal of NANOCOMP is to develop a new class of hybrid metal-carbon nanomaterials that will be able to function as model systems to study frontier concepts for variety of applications ranging from spintronics to energy-related applications. Understanding and controlling the effects of confined species on the carbon nanocontainers, is the main vector of fundamental research of this project.
The applicant will work on the preparation, characterization and applications of novel hybrid carbon nanostructures incorporating functional nanoscale species.


We seek outstanding individuals awarded with a Diploma in Chemistry or a relevant subject area with initiative, creativity and team-working ability to work in a dynamic environment to demonstrate opportunities in the field of spintronics and energy-storage and conversion.
Experience in inorganic/materials chemistry, synthesis of organic ligands, magnetism and/or electrochemistry will be highly considered. Good communication skills and proficiency in written and spoken English are essential.


From March 2018 onwards; starting date could be flexible. 3 years of contract (annual evaluation).


Applicants must fill out the Online Application Form, and they will receive an automatic acknowledgement (confirmation page). The final decision will be communicated via e-mail.
Required data/documents include BSc with all undergraduate numeric marks, and MSc (or title which provide access to PhD), as well as a brief CV (2 pages) and contact references.


Extremely Stable Platinum-Amorphous Carbon Electrocatalyst within Hollow Graphitized Carbon Nanofibers for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction”, M.C. Gimenez-Lopez et al. Adv. Mater., 2016, 28, 41, 9103.
Assembly and Magnetic Bistability of Mn3O4 Nanoparticles Encapsulated in Hollow Carbon Nanofibers”, M.C. Gimenez-Lopez et al. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2013, 52, 2051.
Encapsulation of Single-molecule Magnets in Carbon Nanotubes“, M.C. Gimenez-Lopez et al. Nature Communications, 2011, 2:47.

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