Call for a PhD Student at University of Lille .pdf


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URGENT: Call for a PhD Student at University of Lille, FRANCE
The University of Lille, France, is seeking PhD application from national and international
students who have graduated in physics or chemistry, preferably with a background in
material sciences or NMR spectroscopy.
Project title: Development of high-field (DNP)-NMR methods for the observation of
quadrupolar nuclei in hybrid materials
A three-year PhD position in solid-state NMR spectroscopy of advanced materials is available
at the University of Lille, Lille, France. It will start preferably in October 2017.
Project description: Hybrid materials are promising for numerous applications, such as
catalysis, gas storage or drug delivery. Solid-state NMR provides unique information about
the atomic-level structure of defects and surfaces in hybrid materials. Nevertheless, a major
limitation is the lack of sensitivity of solid-state NMR, which limits the observation of defects
and surfaces, particularly for insensitive isotopes with low gyromagnetic ratio, low natural
abundance or subject to large quadrupolar interaction. Recent instrumental developments,
such as high-magnetic field and Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP), can boost the
sensitivity of solid-state NMR. This project aims at developing and applying novel solid-state
NMR methods to probe the local environment of quadrupolar nuclei in hybrid materials. The
structural information obtained by solid-state NMR will be useful to improve the
performances of hybrid materials.
Host and research infrastructure: Lille is a vibrant and handsome city, imbued with a rich
history, located in the middle of northwestern Europe (only 30 min by high-speed trains
from Brussels, 1h from Paris and 1h30 from London). Lille is one of France’s top student
cities and the university of Lille is a leading center for magnetic resonance. Lille NMR facility
includes 800 and 900 MHz NMR spectrometers and has been selected to host the first 1.2
GHz NMR spectrometer to be installed in France. Our research group is internationally
known for the development of solid-state NMR methods, notably for quadrupolar nuclei,
and the characterization of hybrid materials. We have an expertise in high-field solid-state
NMR spectroscopy and were among the pioneers of high-field DNP-NMR of hybrid and
inorganic materials.
The person: We seek application from national and international students who have
graduated in physics or chemistry, preferably with a background in material sciences or NMR
spectroscopy. The successful applicant will be given the opportunity to work in an exciting
environment with national and international collaborations.
Funding: scholarship (gross amount : 1684,93 €/month)
Contact: Applications and informal queries about the lab and research projects should be
directed by
email to olivier.lafon@univ-lille1.fr and frederique.pourpoint@ensc-lille.fr


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