Two postdoctoral positions in cluster electrocatalysis at the University of Utah, USA

Two postdoctoral positions in fundamental electrocatalysis are available in the lab of Scott Anderson in the Chemistry Department, University of Utah. Both involve collaborations with theorists and other electrochemistry groups, with many opportunities to interact. One is focused on electrocatalysis of simple reactions important in energy conversion and storage, and the other studies electrocatalysis for functionalizing or modifying small organic molecules.
Electrocatalysts are prepared by deposition of atomically size-selected clusters in UHV, with characterization by in situ spectroscopy. Electrocatalysis can be studied in a unique in situ electrochemical cell or in a variety of benchtop electrochemical systems, including (by collaborations) methods such as scanning electrochemical cell microscopy (SECCM) and differential electrochemical mass spectrometry (DEMS). Large effects of cluster size are typically observed, and activities can be substantially higher than conventional nanoparticle-based electrocatalysts. The focus is on fundamentals, such as correlating spectroscopic and reactivity properties,1 understanding cluster-support interactions, and the effects of cluster fluxionality/stability on electrocatalytic mechanisms and activity.2, 3 This project provides opportunities to learn novel electrochemical and cluster/surface chemistry techniques, and the ideal candidate will have experience with one or more of these techniques, with an interest in understanding the molecular level factors that control electrocatalysis.
The initial appointment will be for one year, renewable upon mutual agreement. The salary will be competitive with excellent health benefits. Salt Lake City, located along the Wasatch mountains, is a great place to work and live, with many recreational/entertainment opportunities. Request for additional information and applications, which should include a CV and names of three people who have agreed to provide references, to anderson@chem.utah.edu. The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce.
(1) von Weber, A.; Scott L. Anderson. Electrocatalysis by Mass-Selected Ptn Clusters. Acc. Chem. Res. 2016, 49, 2632–2639. DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.6b00387.
(2) Zhang, Z.; Masubuchi, T.; Sautet, P.; Anderson, S. L. Hydrogen Evolution on FTO-Supported Ptn Clusters: Ensemble of Hydride States Governs the Size Dependent Reactivity. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl 2023, e202218210. DOI: 10.26434/chemrxiv-2022-ssh9n.
(3) Kumari, S.; Masubuchi, T.; White, H. S.; Alexandrova, A. N.; Anderson, S. L.; Sautet, P. Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution at Full Atomic Utilization Over ITO-Supported Sub-Nano Ptn Clusters: High, Size-Dependent Activity Controlled by Fluxional Pt Hydride Species. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2023, 145, 5834–5845. DOI: 10.26434/chemrxiv-2022-5870p