Postdoctoral Researcher in Plasmonic Catalysis

Duke University
Durham, North Carolina
Salary will be negotiated based on experiences
Aug 30, 2019
Sep 29, 2019
Field of specialization
Catalysts, Energy, Materials, Physical
Job Type
Full time

A highly motivated recent PhD graduate is sought for a project in plasmonic catalysis. This project will develop and explore novel techniques for the synthesis and use of metal nanoparticles for plasmonic photocatalysis.  By using visible and ultraviolet wavelength light sources, the project will assess the extent to which chemical reaction rates and product selectivity can be altered by illumination instead of heat.  Of particular interest is the controllable selection of chemical reactions and tailored photocatalysts that can help discern photothermal effects from non-thermal effects such as hot electron transfer and strong local field effects.  The project uses mass spectrometry, tunable light sources, thermal imaging and thermocouples, and mass flow controllers in a highly automated experiment and requires significant data analysis to distinguish underlying physical phenomena.  This research will be performed at Duke University in collaboration with the Army's Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) Aviation and Missile Center (AvMC), located at Redstone Arsenal, AL. For more details and the application instructions, please go to