Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Postdoctoral Fellow-Synthesis of New Photocatalysts- GOT ENERGY TALENT MSCA-COFUND Fellowship Programme

    02/07/2019 12:00 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND
    Spain, Alcalá de Henares
    Universidad de Alcalá

Professor Manuel Ángel Fernández Rodríguez / The Biological Chemistry group at the University of Alcalá, is interested in hosting fellows submitting research proposals under our research line Synthesis of new photocatalysts with in photovoltaic cells, materials for energy storage, water splitting and catalysis (http://gotenergytalent.uah.es/Research-line/synthesis-of-new-photocataly...), under Got Energy Talent MSCA-COFUND second call for fellowships. The information about the fellowship conditions, how to apply, eligibility criteria, selection and evaluation process is available on http://gotenergytalent.uah.es/second-call/. Call open until 2nd July 2019.

Nowadays, climate change and energy shortage represent some of the greatest challenges for humanity. The use of fossil fuels has a significant adverse impact on the environment and is considered a critical cause of global climate change. Therefore, the development of clean and renewable energy is the key way to meet the increasing global energy requirement and to resolve the environmental problems caused by the overuse of large amounts of fossil fuels.

Hydrogen is regarded as an ultraclean, powerful, environmentally friendly, and promising alternative for meeting future fuel needs. The production of hydrogen by water splitting using sunlight has been proven to be a regenerative, ecofriendly, and inexhaustible approach to solve both the energy crisis and energy related environmental pollution given the natural abundance of water and sunlight. Solar energy has also been harnessed to produce electricity using solar cells. However, the average standard efficiency of photovoltaic devices for electricity generation is 16-17% and the best commercially available is 22%. There is an urgent need for clean and renewable fuel so that the development of good catalysts and its assembly into a cell for the photoproduction of hydrogen is seen as one of the most promising sustainable solutions for our present demands. In these photocatalytic processes, a stable and efficient photocatalyst is the critical factor for the development of efficient devices and thus constitutes a very important and urgent theme to be solved. Over four decades of research, some hundreds of photocatalyst materials have been catalogued. There are mainly metal-based and have been dominated by transition metal oxides and sulfides. Despite the rapid development of these photocatalysts, they still face several significant challenges. Visible-light photoredox catalysis uses visible light as a renewable energy source to promote chemical transformations involving electron transfers. The most used complexes in visible light photocatalysis by their excellent photophysical properties are ruthenium and iridium polypyridyl complexes although their high cost and potential toxicity, causing disadvantages on a big scale. Although great advances have been made in the development of photocatalysts for their application in water splitting, photovoltaic cells, solar energy storage and catalysis, development of new photocatalysts to get more efficient transformations is mandatory and will be the topic of this project.


GOT ENERGY TALENT (GET) is a fellowship programme co-funded by the EU as part of the H2020-MSCA-COFUND programme (Grant Agreement number 754382). GET is run by the University of Alcalá (UAH) as beneficiary of the action hand in hand with the University Rey Juan Carlos (URJC).

The fellowships will provide an opportunity for experienced researchers from around the world to spend two years in Madrid, developing an independent research project and undertaking training that will help them develop into the next generation of research leaders. Fellows have to propose a comprehensive and innovative research project in the field of Smart Energy, in an area that aligns with UAH/URJC’s research areas.

Who can apply? Applicants of all nationalities are eligible to apply but must not have resided or carried out their main activity in Spain for over 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline. Applicants should also be in possession of a PhD or 4 years of full-time equivalent research experience immediately prior to the call deadline.

How to apply. All applications must be submitted via the online system on GET’s website (http://gotenergytalent.uah.es/second-call/). Applicants must identify the research line where they want to be integrated, and get in touch with the research group, in order to get the necessary information to complete the application. GET-COFUND will not accept applications submitted by any other means or applications that do not use the specified templates.

The call will be opened until 2nd July 2019 (12:00 Spanish time). No applications will be accepted after this deadline. Applications will be peer-reviewed after the call deadline and results will be communicated to applicants during December 2019. Fellows should start as soon as possible after the communication of results and no later than May 2020.

For further information, please see GET-COFUND website or email tecnico.cofund@uah.es.



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