PhD and Postdoc Positions: NMR Study of Nano-Silica Supported Catalysts

One PhD and one postdoc position is available to talented and highly motivated individual to work on CEFIPRA sponsored project entitled “Novel nanocatalysts synthesis guided by DNP NMR”. PhD position is at ENSC, University of Lille 1 for 3 years with 1.5 year at TIFR, Mumbai. Postdoc position is at TIFR, Mumbai.

Project PIs: Prof. Olivier Lafon (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille (ENSCL)) with Indian Collaborator Prof. Vivek Polshettiwar (TIFR, Mumbai), Prof. P. K. Madhu (TIFR, Mumbai and Hyderabad).

Project Objectives: High surface fibrous nano-silica (KCC-1) are promising materials for numerous applications, including catalysis, medical imaging and drug delivery. The development of tunable synthesis and surface modification process for these nanomaterials require a better understanding of the structure of surface sites and their interactions with various substrates. This project aims at characterizing these sites and interactions via conventional and Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP)-enhanced solid-state NMR. Structural information thus obtained will be used for a rational improvement of solid base nanocatalysts.

Hosts and research infrastructure: Lille and Mumbai are vibrant cities, imbued with a rich history. Lille is located in the middle of northwestern Europe (only 30 min by high-speed trains from Brussels, 1h from Paris and 1h30 from London). Mumbai lies on the western coast of India by the bank of Arabian Sea. Lille and Mumbai are leading centers for magnetic resonance in their own countries. The project involves research groups internationally known for nanocatalysis, solid-state NMR and DNP. Vivek Polshettiwar discovered KCC-1 nanomaterials and Olivier Lafon pioneered the study of nanostructured materials by DNP-NMR.  Lille NMR facility includes 800 and 900 MHz NMR spectrometers for the study of liquids and solids. It has also been selected recently for the installation of the first 1200 MHz NMR spectrometer in France.


The PhD applicant: We seek application from national and international students who have graduated in physics or chemistry, preferably with a background in material sciences or NMR spectroscopy. The successful applicant will be given the opportunity to work in an exciting environment with national and international collaborations.


The Postdoc applicant: Candidate should have a working knowledge of NMR with preferably an understanding of solid-state NMR and characterisation of materials.


Interested candidates may send his/her CV with a covering letter (one single PDF) to Prof. Olivier Lafon by e-mail to (for PhD) and Prof. Vivek Polshettiwar (for postdoc position)

Note: Positions are available only after receiving the funds from CEFIPRA for this accepted project, which may happen in the next 1 to 3 months.

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Comment by Dhaval J. Brahmbhatt on January 6, 2015 at 11:06pm


Wonder if the person needs to be full time in Mumbai or for that reason in France (what if the person lives in USA)?


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