Doctoral Candidate #3

Project title: Synthesis and characterization of bimetallic Cu/M catalysts via electrodeposition.

Project objectives: To design bimetallic Cu/M catalysts via (co)-electrochemical deposition. To investigate the composition – morphology – performance relationship using different M elements. To explore the reaction mechanism on the different electrodes using operando Raman and infrared spectroscopy.

Expected outcome: (i) Prepare modified electrodes with Cu/M catalysts with high activity and high density of active sites. (ii) Characterize the structure and the composition of the electrodes. (iii) Precisely estimate the intrinsic activity of the different Cu/M catalysts. (iv) Elucidate the reaction mechanism involved in the formation of C1 and C2 products using Raman and infra-red spectroscopy. (v) Optimize the scalability and the operating stability of the Cu/M catalyst.

Working context: DC#3 will be hosted at the University of Montpellier (France) and will be enrolled in the PhD school of the same institution, supervised by Prof. D. Voiry. Part of the activity will be carried on during secondment periods at ESRF for the ex-situ and in-situ characterization of the Cu/M catalyst and at ADVENT to be trained on membranes for CO2RR processes.

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. Damien Voiry (email:

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