France PhD Scholarship at ENSL de Lyon 2015

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France PhD Scholarship at ENSL de Lyon 2015 is open for . The scholarship allows level programm(s) in the field of taught at . The deadline of the scholarship is .

France PhD Scholarship at ENSL de Lyon 2015

Applications are invited for PhD scholarships in Theoretical Chemistry at ENSL de Lyon. The successful applicant is expected to have strong background in physical chemistry and strong interest in the application of computational modeling techniques to study chemical reactivity and spectroscopies. Only one scholarship is available awarded for the duration of three years. Salary (1370€ net per month including French Social Security etc.) is offered to successful applicant. The closing date for application is 30 April, 2015.

  • Study Subject(s): France PhD Scholarship at ENSL de Lyon 2015 is awarded in the field of theoretical chemistry.

  • Course Level: Scholarship is available for pursuing PhD programme at the Ecole Normale supérieure de Lyon.

  • Scholarship Provider: Ecole Normale supérieure de Lyon (Funded by the ANR, the National French Agency for Research)

  • Scholarship can be taken at: France


Eligibility: The successful applicant is expected to have strong background in physical chemistry and strong interest in the application of computational modeling techniques to study chemical reactivity and spectroscopies. A Master degree is required. The student will be supported for 3 years to work towards a PhD degree in Chemistry within the graduate program of the Universite de Lyon. He/she will also benefit of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon environment

  • International candidates are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

  • Industrial heterogeneous alkene metathesis catalysts are based on supported Mo and W oxides and contain very low concentrations of active sites (typically below ~1%). These sites are presumably formed under operating conditions. To improve those catalysts, a better knowledge of the active species and catalytic steps is required. We suggest an original approach based on the in situ characterization of the surface (active) sites at the molecular level at the precursor stage and during the catalytic event (in situ/operando), using in particular X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) and Raman spectroscopies combined with first principle density functional theory (DFT) calculations. This research project will in fine provide a detailed molecular understanding of the chemistry of metathesis catalysts and pave the way to develop industrial catalysts in a more rational way using the acquired knowledge through structure/property relationships. The PhD in Lyon will be devoted to the theory modeling part and focus his/her research on two main tasks. To start, he/she will build a library of spectroscopic signatures (NMR, IR, …) based on DFT structural models of all surface species that are essential for the interpretation of the experimental results. Then, he/she will determine the reaction pathways for the formation of the active species and for the methatesis reaction on this active site to provide structure/activity relationship.

  • One scholarship is available.

  • Scholarship is awarded for the duration of three years.

  • Salary (1370€ net per month including French Social Security etc.) is offered to successful applicant.

  • The successful applicant is expected to have strong background in physical chemistry and strong interest in the application of computational modeling techniques to study chemical reactivity and spectroscopies. A Master degree is required.

  • Applicant will be notified by e-mail in case of success.

  • Applicants should be sent via email to carine.michel-at-ens-lyon.fr.


The France PhD Scholarship at ENSL de Lyon 2015 closing date for application is 30 April, 2015.

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France PhD Scholarship at ENSL de Lyon 2015 is available to undertake level programs at .

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