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Fundamental processes of CO2 reduction with well-defined nanostructures

   Materials, Sustainable Processes and Systems for Energy Transition

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  Dr Ilka Kriegel, Prof Liberato Manna, Dr Michele Ferri  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project


Photocatalytic carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction is a promising strategy to solve the energy crisis and to take a step towards a circular economy. The production of solar fuels is triggered through the absorption of light, the charge separation and their transfer to reduce CO2. With this PhD we target to develop methods for the light-driven CO2 reduction by implementing well-defined nanostructures with the major target of producing alcohols and hydrocarbons. Towards this aim, the candidate will implement well-defined nanostructures that are capable of transferring multiple electrons as produced within the same group. Typical materials of interest include perovskites, doped metal oxides, transition metal dichalcogenides and their heterostructures that will serve as model systems. Major focus of this thesis is the extraction of the limiting processes towards the formation of high-added value C-based products. The candidate will implement spectroscopic and electrochemical analyses on different time scales ranging from the initial ultrafast processes to the rate limiting steps in the CO2 reduction. The nanostructures are ultimately tested for their capability to promote the CO2 reduction and specific product distribution with high yield and product selectivity, high efficiency and catalysts’ cyclability. Together with will enable to push the development of efficient CO2 reduction catalysts forward.

Strong collaboration with fellow PhD students of the same institute and PhD program is foreseen.

Istituto italiano di tecnologia - IIT - gives graduate students the opportunity to earn a doctoral degree by making good use of its state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities. All our supervisors have an international standing, interdisciplinarity is the rule and the environment is international; in short, if you want a challenging, but rewarding start for a career in research, we are here for you. IIT is not a degree-awarding body though. This position is part of the National PhD Programme in Materials, Sustainable Processes and Systems for the Energy Transition has been activated for the XXXVIII cycle with administrative headquarters at the Politecnico di Torino.

Research will be carried out at IIT Genoa.

Deadline: August, 31st 2022  


  • Chemistry, physics, natural sciences, engineering or similar qualification
  • Experience with photocatalysis, photoelectrochemistry, nanochemistry or spectroscopy would be a plus
  • Interest in learning new topics
  • Collaborative working attitude
  • Interdisciplinary research approach
  • Ability to work in an international research environment

In order to access the competition, candidates must earn their Master’s Degree by 31st October 2022.

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