Postdoc position in ssNMR applied to materials for CO2/NOx capture and catalysis | CICECO - Aveiro Institute of Materials

A postdoctoral position is readily available at CICECO - Aveiro Materials Institute (, University of Aveiro with a duration until June 2019 (with possibility for a 6-12 months extension). The candidate will use/implement NMR techniques to study selected modified nanoporous hybrid materials adsorbed with selected isotopically labeled gases. The main goal of the project lies in gaining an atomic-level understanding on: (Project 1) the surface interactions formed between these materials and strategically labeled gas mixtures, mimicking industrial flue gas streams relevant in post-combustion CO2 capture applications; (Project 2) the mechanism of the selective catalytic reduction of NOx in exhaust cleaning applications. The lack of relevant NMR experience can be compensated with a demonstrated knowledge in porous materials or quantum chemical calculations.

Candidates with experience in one or more of the topics below are greatly encouraged to apply.

- ssNMR methods / pulse programming, molecular modelling, or calculations of NMR parameters.
- Solid-state NMR techniques to study gas-surface species formed in nanoporous sorbent materials of environmental interest.
- Synthesis and modifications of porous silica/carbon materials (or others) for application in post-combustion CO2 capture, gas separation, SCR catalysts for exhaust cleaning applications, etc.

Related publications:

- T Čendak, L. Sequeira, M. Sardo, A. Valente, M.L. Pinto, L. Mafra, Detecting Proton Transfer in CO2 Species Chemisorbed on Amine‐Modified Mesoporous Silicas by Using 13C NMR Chemical Shift Anisotropy and Smart Control of Amine Surface Density, Chem. Eur. J., 24 (2018) 10136-10145
- L. Mafra, T. Čendak, S. Schneider, P. V. Wiper, J. Pires, J.R.B. Gomes, M.L. Pinto, Structure of Chemisorbed CO2 Species in Amine-Functionalized Mesoporous Silicas Studied by Solid-State NMR and Computer Modeling, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 139 (2017) 389–408.
- Wiper, P. V., Amelse, J., Mafra, L., Multinuclear solid-state NMR characterization of the Brønsted/Lewis acid properties in the BP HAMS-1B (H-[B]-ZSM-5) borosilicate molecular sieve using adsorbed TMPO and TBPO probe molecules, J. Catal. 316 (2014) 240-250.
- L. Mafra, J. Klinowski, Advanced Solid-State NMR Techniques for the Study of Molecular Sieves, in: eMagRes, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2013: pp. 149–184. doi:10.1002/9780470034590.emrstm1307.

Deadline: Applications should be sent until September 5, 2018, to, containing a CV and a motivation letter mentioning the contacts of at least two references.

Facilities & Aveiro City:
The successful candidate will take advantage of an interdisciplinary environment with privileged access to a wide range of equipments: multiple solid-state characterisation spectrometers including 6 liquid/solid-state NMR spectrometers [Liquids: 300 and 500 MHz; Solids: 400, 500, 700 and 800 MHz magnets] with Bruker AV III HD consoles and a wide range of probes. A number of powder/single-crystal X-ray diffractometers and multiple microscopes (TEM/STEM, SEM, HRTEM). The lab is equipped with shared computer clusters containng several compiled codes to perform advanced computational studies. Aveiro city is an University town located between the two major capitals (Porto & Lisbon) and has a very high-quality of life with great weather and food, beautiful lagoons and stunning beaches along its coastline.

About the employer:
CICECO - Aveiro Institute of Materials is the top materials science institute in Portugal and a leading research center in Europe in the area of materials. Our mission is developing the scientific and technological knowledge necessary for the innovative production and transformation of materials for a sustainable development and the benefit of society. Additional details at

For any inquiries about the position, feel free to contact me.

Luís Mafra
CICECO - Aveiro Institute of Materials
Chemistry Department
University of Aveiro
3810-193 Aveiro