Summary of Duties: Under the direction of Principal Investigator (PI), Postdoctoral Fellow will:
Gain a detailed understanding of the chemistry and catalysts suitable for formate-based hydrogen uptake / release.
Optimize the selection of catalysts, equipment set up, and the operation conditions for formate-based hydrogen uptake / release.
Critically evaluate all results in terms of technically and economically practical systems for scale-up.
Write quarterly and annual reports to DOE in the timely manner.
Recognize and exploit opportunities for innovation and the generation of new theoretical perspectives, and progress opportunities for the further development or creation of new lines of research proposals.
Required Qualifications: A doctorate in a relevant discipline area, such as Chemical Engineering or Chemistry. Demonstrated ability to investigate, understand, and optimise chemical reaction mechanisms. Experience in heterogeneous catalyst synthesis and characterisation. Familiarity with techniques such as IR spectroscopy, NMR spectroscopy, and chromatography to identify and characterise chemical species. High-level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including publishing in peer reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers, reports, and presenting at national conferences. A record of science innovation and creativity, including the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.
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