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PhD position for 3 years at the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis in Rostock

Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse e. V. - LIKAT Rostock
The Leibniz Institute for Catalysis at the University of Rostock offers a PhD position for 3 years
Exploring the nature of active chromium catalysts during tetramerization of ethylene by (coupled) operando spectroscopy

The LIKAT Rostock is one of the leading European Research Centres in the field of catalysis. Major goals of our scientific work are the elaboration of knowledge in basic research in all areas of catalysis as well as the transfer of results into technical applications.
Linear olefins such as 1-hexene and 1-octene being building blocks for polymer production, are produced by homogeneous catalytic ethylene oligomerization using complex Cr catalysts. Reaction mechanisms are still controversial, probably due to the lack of relevant studies under true operation conditions. In this project, reliable structure-reactivity relationships shall be derived from working catalysts using a tailored combination of spectroscopic operando techniques (EPR, XAS, XES, UV-vis, FTIR-ATR and Raman spectroscopy) with special emphasis on couplings of several methods in the same experiment (e. g.  Raman/ATR/UV-vis and EPR/XAS) since this widens the range of accessible information under exactly comparable conditions. The influence of dedicated modifications of the PNP ligand, the Cr precursor and/or the aluminium activator will be studied.
Please send your application in one file to and contact Prof. Brückner (Tel. 0381/1281-244) for detailed information.

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Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse e. V., Albert-Einstein-Straße 29a, 18055 Rostock

For detailed information please contact Prof. Brückner Tel. 0381/1281-244.
While applying for the job please refer to jobvector and use the following reference number: jv403/01-2015

About Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse e.V. (LIKAT)

Als größtes europäisches Forschungsinstitut im Bereich der angewandten Katalyse sind wir ein kompetenter Ansprechpartner für die Erforschung und Entwicklung von homogenen und heterogenen Katalysatoren sowie von katalytischen Verfahren und Technologien. Hauptziele unserer wissenschaftlichen Arbeiten sind die Gewinnung neuer Erkenntnisse in der Grundlagenforschung auf...

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