PhD Positions

Applications are invited for PhD positions in a newly established Group of Model Heterogeneous Catalysis.

Project: “Enantioselective Reactions on Model Chirally Modified Surfaces” supported by European Research Council.

Imparting chirality to non-chiral metal surfaces by adsorption of chiral modifiers is a highly promising route to create effective heterogeneously catalyzed processes for production of enantiopure pharmaceuticals. A molecular-level understanding of enantioselective processes on chiral surfaces is an importance prerequisite for the rational design of new enantiospecific catalysts. In our research we are aiming at a fundamental level understanding of the structure of chirally modified surfaces, the bonding of the prochiral substrate on the chiral media and the details of the kinetics and dynamics of enantioselective surface reactions. To achieve these atomistic insights, we will apply a combination of ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) based methods for studying reaction kinetics and dynamics (multi-molecular beam techniques) and in-situ surface spectroscopic (IRAS) and microscopic (STM) tools on well-defined model surfaces consisting of metal nanoparticles supported on thin single crystalline oxide films. Complementary, the catalytic behaviour of these chirally-modified model surfaces will be investigated under ambient pressure conditions with enantiospecific detection of the reaction products that will enable detailed atomistic insights into structure-reactivity relationships. This work will include both the setup of a new multi-molecular beam/spectroscopy/microscopy apparatus and the experimental part on the reactivity of the chirally modified surfaces.

We offer an interesting and interdisciplinary field of work, cooperative team work, and the attractive and stimulating scientific environment.

A university degree in physical chemistry or physics or equivalent qualification is required. The positions are immediately available. Applicants should submit (via email) an application letter stating their motivation in this work together with a detailed CV, a copy of the masters/diploma certificate indicating the achieved grades, two letters of recommendation and a publication list. The CAU Kiel wishes to increase the participation of women in its research activities. Therefore applications from women are particularly welcome. Handicapped individuals are especially encouraged to apply. Their applications will be preferred in case of equivalent suitability.

Please send your application to:
Prof. Dr. Swetlana Schauermann
e-mail: schauermann@pctc.uni-kiel.de