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Postdoctoral Researcher 2D Materials for Solar Fuel Generation

National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)
Golden, Colorado
Closing date
Jan 1, 2022

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Field of specialization
Catalysts, Energy / Fuels, Nanotechnology
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Full time
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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado is the nation's primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

From day one at NREL, you’ll connect with coworkers driven by the same mission to save the planet. By joining an organization that values a supportive, inclusive, and flexible work environment, you’ll have the opportunity to engage through our eight employee resource groups, numerous employee-driven clubs, and learning and professional development classes.

NREL supports inclusive, diverse, and unbiased hiring practices that promote creativity and innovation. By collaborating with organizations that focus on diverse talent pools, reaching out to underrepresented demographics, and providing an inclusive application and interview process, our Talent Acquisition team aims to hear all voices equally. We strive to attract a highly diverse workforce and create a culture where every employee feels welcomed and respected and they can be their authentic selves.

Job Description The Chemistry and Nanoscience Center is looking for a Postdoctoral researcher to aid in the next generation of solar fuel system development using photo/electrocatalysis for NH3 and H2 generation. The successful applicant will have expertise in photoelectrochemical and electrochemical catalysis and probing mechanistic pathways for catalytic reactions.  This project will be focused on the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and nitrogen reduction reaction (NRR) using 2D transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs).  The position will involve synthesis and manipulation of 2D transition metal dichalcogenides for photo/electrocatalysis.  Synthesis of 2D layers via top down (mechanical, surfactant, and chemical exfoliation) and bottom up (chemical vapor deposition and hydrothermal synthesis) methods will be leveraged within the postdoctoral research. Doping, functionalization, defect engineering, plasmonic interactions, and engineered/dynamically generated strain will be needed to tune optoelectronic and catalysis properties.  The successful candidate will utilize these experimental design tools to create 2D material systems that are catalytically active for HER, NRR, etc. and will study their optoelectronic properties using a variety of characterization techniques.  Therefore, the successful candidate should have experience in a variety of characterization techniques such as photo/electrochemistry, Confocal Raman/photoluminescence spectroscopy and microscopy, atomic force microscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance, transient absorption, etc.  Additionally, the successful applicant should have expertise in data analysis, experimental design, and writing of manuscripts.  The successful applicant will have experience working in a diverse team of material scientists, chemists, and spectroscopists to probe and understand surfaces and interfaces of newly developed chemistries and architectures. PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, or related fields.


Basic Qualifications Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.


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