The successful candidate will combine classical electrochemical methods with in situ characterisation techniques such as infrared and Raman spectroscopy, scanning probe microscopy and synchrotron-based structural characterisation methods. This combination will be used to investigate the structure-property relations of electrocatalyst materials as well as the mechanism of electrocatalytic reactions. The main reactions of interest involve oxygen evolution for green hydrogen production and electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide into renewable fuels. The candidate will develop electrochemical and in situ characterisation methods and setups for the real-time detection of intermediates and products during electrocatalytic reactions. The research will be carried out in collaboration with other groups at both ICN2 and foreign research institutions. The candidate will carry out independent research under supervision, write scientific papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals, and disseminate their work in international conferences.
The mission of the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) is to achieve the highest level of scientific and technological excellence in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Its research lines focus on the newly-discovered physical and chemical properties that arise from the behaviour of matter at the nanoscale. ICN2 has been awarded with the Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence distinction for three consecutive periods (2014-2018 and 2018-2022 and 2023-2026). ICN2 comprises 20 Research Groups, 7 Technical Development and Support Units and Facilities, and 2 Research Platforms, covering different areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology.