Research Associate in Graphene Nitride (Electro) Chemistry

Imperial College London - Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Science

Salary range: £36,070- £43,350 per annum (Maximum salary on appointment will be £37,020)

South Kensington Campus

Fixed term appointment for 15 months in the first instance

There is enormous scientific and technological interest in the applications of graphene, leading the establishment of the one billion euro Graphene Flagship. This subproject focusses on the related, but complementary, 2d layered materials, graphitic carbon nitrides, and their exfoliation into single monoatomic layers; these building blocks will be reassembled into useful constructs, particularly for (electro)catalyst and electrode applications. The current position will focus on applying chemistry and assembly techniques established in the Shaffer ( and Mattevi ( groups to highly crystalline carbon nitride feedstocks grown by partners in the London Centre for Nanotechnology. Functionalised materials and three dimensional constructs designed for different applications will be tested with collaborators, particularly the Electrochemical Innovation Lab.

You should have a PhD in Chemistry or a closely related discipline or equivalent level of professional qualifications and experience, specifically experience of nanocarbon functionalisation and characterisation. You will have background in experimental nanomaterials chemistry, specifically the chemical modification or assembly of nanotubes, graphene, or other carbons. Relevant alternative/additional experience includes oligomer/polymer or supramolecular chemistry, nanoparticle grafting, polymer brush formation, graphite intercalation compounds, aerogel chemistry and/or 3d printing of gels. Important skills include wet chemical synthesis using air-sensitive chemistries and the application of UV/vis, Raman, electron microscopy, sorption (BET) and thermal analysis (TGA, DSC, Pyr-MS) to (functionalised) nanocarbons, as well as electrical and electrochemical characterisation of supercapacitor/pseudocapacitor electrode performance. You will have practical experience within a strong research environment, and of preparing and publishing scientific papers in relevant, high-impact, refereed journals, preferably as first author, and delivering industrially-relevant reports/presentations

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £31,740 - £33,370 per annum.

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