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PhD position for studies on catalyst activation using in-situ gas-phase transmission electron microscopy (1.0 FTE)

The Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science at Utrecht University is looking for a PhD positions for studies on catalyst activation using in-situ gas-phase transmission electron microscopy. Are you interested? Then read the full profile and ...

4 maanden geleden


Domplein, Utrecht, Utrecht
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 40 uur
€ 2222 - € 2840 per maand


Heterogeneous metal catalysts are of tremendous importance to chemical industry. Activity, selectivity and stability of catalysts during chemical reactions is largely determined by the size, location and composition of catalytically active metal particles typically supported on metal oxides such as silica, alumina or titania. Within the framework of ARC-CBBC consortium, this project aims to deepen the understanding of reduction step of catalyst precursors, which is often a vital step in catalyst preparation as it determines the dispersion and thereby activity. The focus will be on the preparation of supported metal catalysts, and the evolution of the active phase will be investigated using both ex-situ and in-situ approaches. In-situ transmission electron microscopy will play a crucial role (see J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138, 2016, 3433), and thanks to the development of in-situ gas phase cells it will be possible to follow the evolution of metal nanoparticles under high temperature and in gas environment inside the TEM.


You are an enthusiastic, motivated and skilled student holding an MSc in a relevant area of Chemistry, Materials Science or Chemical Engineering. You preferably have some experience with catalysis, catalyst synthesis and/or electron microscopy.

Your work will consist of the following tasks:

  • PhD research tasks – catalyst synthesis, characterization using (in-situ) TEM and other relevant techniques
  • Education and career development – attending conferences, seminars, courses
  • Teaching – participating in BSc/MSc education as teaching assistant, supervising BSc/MSc projects


We offer a Full-time position (1.0 FTE) for 4 years. The gross salary depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges € 2.222,- and maximum € 2.840,- (P scale according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) gross per month for a full-time position.

Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8 % and a year-end bonus of 8.3 % per year. We offer a pension scheme, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). You’ll find more information about working at Utrecht University here.

Additionele informatie

Would you like additional information about the vacancy? This can be obtained fromDr Jovana Zecevic via j.zecevic@uu.nl or Prof. Krijn de Jong via k.p.dejong@uu.nl.


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In the Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science, physicists and chemists work closely together on nanomaterials research. The group Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis comprises of more than 100 people, with research focus on nanostructured solid materials for applications in catalysis, hydrogen storage, and sustainable production of fuels and chemicals.