Doctoral Candidate #1

Project title: Synthesis and characterization of bimetallic Cu/M catalysts via Atomic Layer Deposition.

Project objectives: to obtain and characterize bimetallic Cu/M catalysts with controlled stoichiometry and morphology via atomic layer deposition (ALD). The candidate will have to tailor the performance and selectivity of the catalysts when employed in CO2RR by changing the growth conditions and the secondary metal species by taking advantage of the conformal ALD growth on different nanostructures substrates.

Expected outcome: (i) Optimization of the ALD growth conditions for bimetallic Cu/M compounds. (ii) Identification of the best ALD growth conditions to obtain Cu/M samples with increased selectivity. (iii) Understanding of the structure/properties relations of Cu/M layers obtained via ALD.

Working context: DC#1 will be hosted at the Politecnico of Torino (Italy) and will be enrolled in the PhD school of the same institute, supervised by Prof. Stefano Bianco. Part of the activity will be carried on during secondment periods at the ESRF to characterize the best performing Cu/M samples at the ID26 and ID16B beamlines and at ADVENT to optimize the GDL and membrane layers to test direct ALD deposition of the catalysts.

Specific requirements and eligibility criteria of the PhD School of the Politecnico of Torino can be dowloaded here.

Starting date and contract duration: The contract will start no later than the 1st of November 2023 and will last 36 months.

For further information on this position please contact Prof. G. Cicero (email:

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