Hierarchical Materials for CO2 capture

PhD FellowshipsReference: 2020-12

BCMaterials – Basque Center for Materials, Applications and Nanostructures is a research center included in the BERC’s (Basque Excellence Research Centers) network, devoted to generate knowledge on the new generation of materials, and turning this knowledge into (multi)functional solutions and devices for the benefit of society, is currently calling for a


Predoctoral Researcher position


to work on


Hierarchical Materials for CO2 capture


The Metal-organic Materials Group at the Faculty of Science and Technology (Campus of Bizkaia) is focused on the development and application of porous metal-organic materials, encompassing MOFs, supramolecularly assembled MOFs, metal-organic gels and aerogels (MOGs and MOAs). The applications of these materials range from adsorption/separation to sensing and catalysis. The research group is characterized by an intense research activity with many scientific publications per year and encouraging entrepreneur adventures based on the research results. The Wuttke group at BCMaterials explores the interface between material chemistry and nanotechnology, with particular emphasis to functionalize porous materials (bulk and nano) and to translate the performance of the materials measured in laboratories into macroscopic real-world applications. Our current goal is the development of synthesis strategies to control the assembly of hybrid nanocrystals into extended lattices to ultimately control of matter and its properties on the macroscopic scale. All in all, we are an ambitious international group of material scientists that wish to make with their science the world to a little extent to a better place.


The Ph.D. project will focus on the synthesis of hierarchical materials in two stages: synthesizing hybrid nanoparticles and connecting those particles with polymeric bonds into well-defined macroscopic objects. Precise control over the morphology (size and shape), composition, structure, and porosity will be crucial and therefore each parameter will be subject to extensive material characterization. The established chemistry will be used (in cooperation with Méndez group at BCMaterials) to employ 3D printing to enable accurate fabrication of macroscopic objects. Finally yet importantly, the performance of the hierarchical materials for selective CO2 capture from gas and liquid matrices will be tested and optimized.


The following techniques, instruments and facilities will be used:


Synthesis nanoparticles, and material characterization (morphology, composition, structure, porosity, etc.)


The ultimate goal for the Project is:


Performance of the hierarchical materials for selective CO2 capture from gas and liquid matrices


BCMaterials offers a contract, with an enrolment in the PhD program in the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), in collaboration with the Departamento: Química Inorgánica Research Group (https://www.ehu.eus/es/web/dqi/home), belonging to the Faculty of Science and Technology (FCT/ZTF) at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU).


BCMaterials is committed to equality of opportunity and values diversity.


This position is part of the Call for PhD Fellowships published on BCMaterials website at https://www.bcmaterials.net/training/phd-program/ with the reference (2020-12), therefore, the terms and conditions of the call apply. Candidates must meet the general eligibility criteria stated on it, and fill the application form at the end of this page, including their CV, academic records and motivation and reference letters.


Before applying, candidates are encouraged to get in touch with researchers in charge of the project, in order to obtain detailed information about it:


  • Director (UPV/EHU): Sonia Pérez-Yáñez (sonia.perez@ehu.eus)
  • Co-director (BCMaterials): Stefan Wuttke (stefan.wuttke@bcmaterials.net)


All the applicants will be contacted by BCMaterials through a supplied email, as soon as the call is closed.


Selected publications:


E Ploetz et al., Adv Funct Mater, 2020, (DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201909062); MM Modena et al, Adv Mater, 2019, 1901556; BM Connolly et al., Nat. Commun. 2019, 10, 2345. (DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-10185-1)



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