Postdoctoral position : Flowing liquid electrodes in a cell / CBI-LCMD — Offre pourvue

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ESPCI Paris PSL is a major institution of higher education (a French "Grande École d’ingénieurs"), an internationally renowned research center (6 Nobel Prizes), and a fertile ground for innovation, with several start-ups founded each year. ESPCI is a highly multidisciplinary environment with teaching and research in physics, chemistry and biology.

Context and objectives :
Water being an electronically insulating material, electronic conduction between two electrodes immersed in water is solely possible by directly wiring the two electrodes. Such a wiring can be obtained by dispersing electrically conductive particles that are connected and which form a so-called percolated network. The ability to conduct electrons in an aqueous media under flow opens new strategies in the area of energy management or water desalination. Here, we propose to study a new concept of flowing electrodes having a high conductive area while easily flowing.
One objective of the project is to build an experimental set-up incorporating a flow capacitive deionization device. The link between formulation of the suspensions (type and amount conductive particles, polymers), their rheological and electrical features and the efficiency of ion removal will be investigated.

The project, sponsored by the Institute Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, is linked to a collaborative work with the groups of Annie Colin from ESPCI and Philippe Poulin at CRRP in Bordeaux.

Candidate profile :
We look for a candidate having accomplished a PhD, or having an engineer degree, in applied physics or physico-chemistry of soft matter. Strong skills in microfluidics, soft matter, rheology and experimental work are desired. Knowledge in electrochemistry is welcome. High motivation, flexibility, autonomy, the ability to work in a highly multidisciplinary team and good interpersonal and communication skills are essential.

Recruitment terms
Starting date : a soon as possible
Duration : 1 year
Salary : according to professional experience

Contact :
Please send a CV with references and a motivation letter to Nicolas Bremond :

10 Rue Vauquelin, 75005 Paris