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Light-Driven Transformation of Carbon Dioxide into Fuels and Chemicals


Department of Chemical Engineering

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About the Project

Efficient use and storage of renewable energies is a challenge for the implementation of sustainable systems of power supply or transportation. Harnessing sunlight by converting it into chemical energy, embodied in the form of solar fuels, is a compelling strategy. Mild conversion of water and carbon dioxide into such products, inspired in natural photosynthesis, is pursued in this process in the context of circular carbon economy strategies.
Based on this motivation, the candidate will design, produce and characterise photoelectrocatalytic materials based on Earth-abundant elements, and test their activity for CO2 reduction into high-value products (e.g. methanol, hydrocarbons or more complex organic matter) under solar irradiation. Moreover, recyclable electron donors to assist in the photo-reduction of CO2 will be investigated. Photo(electro)catalytic cells will be constructed including the most promising materials produced. Sensitive parameters such as solar-to-fuel energy efficiency, or production costs, will be appraised as indicators for technological feasibility and sustainability.

Funding Notes

Candidates must apply for the Martí i Franquès COFUND Doctoral Fellowship Programme.
Co-funded by the EU Horizon 2020 within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions. Please check the following websites for conditions:
https://www.urv.cat/en/research/support/programmes/marti-franques/cofund/
https://www.sgr.urv.cat/cgi-bin/programes/mfpcofund/detalles.cgi?conv=2020MFP-COFUND-&ordre=26&idioma=ENG

Requirements:
• BSc and MSc levels within Chemistry-related education programmes.
• Candidates must have 300+ ECTS academic credits during their BSc and MSc degrees.
• Strong commitment to reducing the environmental impact of human activities.
• Mobility rule: based in Spain for less than 12 months in the last 3 years.

Additional application documents:
• Full CV
• Certification of academic record (for both BSc and MSc)
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