Post-doc proposals

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PhD proposals

The Ph.D thesis proposed at ICSM are attached to the University of Montpellier and to the "Balard Chemical Sciences" Doctoral School of the University of Montpellier.

 

Molecular prediction of ion transfer for extraction

LMCT proposal (Starting date: October 2022)

Liquid/liquid extraction is the experimental method of choice for the recycling of metallic elements. Molecular simulation of this technique remains a novel challenge due in particular to the different scales and systems (aqueous and organic) involved. This thesis aims at predicting for the first time this method by calculating the free enthalpies of ion transfer from one phase to another by molecular simulations.

Credit: J.-F. Dufrêche / UM

This atomic modeling aims to change the era of molecular modeling, since we will finally simulate directly the phase transfer, the ultimate goal being to arrive at predictive codes of the extraction.

For more information on the Ph.D thesis, click here

Profile: We are looking for a highly motivated Ph.D. student with a solid theoretical knowledge in chemistry-physics. You have a Master degree in chemistry, chemistry-physics, theoretical chemistry or physics, or equivalent. You have a strong interest in programming and computer science, and ideally you already have a basic knowledge of code (Python, Fortran, … languages, Linux environment, Shell scripts ...). You also have good written and oral communication skills. You have the ability to work in a team while having the necessary autonomy to carry out your own research topic.

Funding: The Ph.D thesis is funded by CEA DES (Direction des EnergieS).

Further information: The successful candidate will join the LMCT group of ICSM and will be register at the doctoral school ED459 Sciences Chimiques Balard of the University of Montpellier (France).

Contact: To apply, please send a cover letter, a detailed CV, and references to Pr. Jean-François Dufrêche (jean-francois.dufreche@icsm.fr) and Dr. Magali Duvail (magali.duvail@cea.fr).

 

Simulation of the equilibrium and the transport of ions at the liquid - liquid interfaces

LMCT proposal (Starting date: October 2022)

The recycling of metals is commonly done by liquid-liquid extraction where various ionic metal compounds are selectively transferred from an aqueous phase to an organic phase. The proposed Ph.D project aims at describing and understanding the extraction mechanisms occurring at the liquid/liquid interfaces and more particularly the water/oil interfaces such as those involved in the separation chemistry.

Credit: M. Duvail / CEA

The aim of this project is to model these transfer properties using a theoretical approach based on molecular dynamics simulations in an attempt of understanding the transfer mechanisms and predicting the transfer properties of the ions.

For more information on the Ph.D thesis, click here

Profile: We are looking for a highly motivated Ph.D. student with a solid theoretical knowledge in chemistry-physics. You have a Master degree in chemistry, chemistry-physics, theoretical chemistry or physics, or equivalent. You have a strong interest in programming and computer science, and ideally you already have a basic knowledge of code (Python, Fortran, … languages, Linux environment, Shell scripts ...). You also have good written and oral communication skills. You have the ability to work in a team while having the necessary autonomy to carry out your own research topic.

Funding: The Ph.D thesis is funded by CEA DES (Direction des EnergieS). 

Further information: The successful candidate will join the LMCT group of ICSM and will be register at the doctoral school ED459 Sciences Chimiques Balard of the University of Montpellier (France).

Contact: To apply, please send a cover letter, a detailed CV, and references to Dr. Magali Duvail (magali.duvail@cea.fr) and Dr. Philippe Guilbaud (philippe.guilbaud@cea.fr) before May 6th 2022.

APPLICATION CLOSED

 

Undergraduate internships

re-dispersion of sedimentation sludge

L2IA and LSFC proposal (1st semester 2022)

As sludges are the residue of final stages of industrial processes, be it from petroleum or mining processing or from recycling channels, they are rarely simple systems to analyze and/or to treat......
The objective of this internship project is therefore to study a model sludge formulated from a precipitation of insoluble salts and iron hydroxide, forming aggregates of variable submicron size that can be dispersed in the aqueous phase.

For more information on the internship, click here

Contacts: Olivier DIAT (olivier.diat@cea.fr), Coralie PASQUIER (coralie.pasquier@cea.fr) or Rachel PFLIEGER (rachel.pflieger@cea.fr)

APPLICATION CLOSED

valorization of the biochars resulting from the biomass of the cane of provence

LNER proposal (1st semester 2022)

Reed and Provence cane are invasive species that are regularly cut for the maintenance of facilities, banks, roads ... but also by farmers and municipalities. Generally, this biomass is eliminated by burning, stored in dedicated spaces or transformed into shredded material or compost.

Credit: D. Rébiscoul / CEA

The objective of this internship topic is to answer two questions. The first one is technical and consists in defining their potential application for the retention of strategic metallic contaminants. The second question is scientific and will consist in understanding the mechanisms leading to the retention of these contaminants of interest.

For more information on the internship, click here

Contacts: Diane REBISCOUL (diane.rebiscoul@cea.fr), Stéphane PELLET-ROSTAING (stephane.pellet-rostaing@cea.fr)

APPLICATION CLOSED

Simulation of the ion adsorption at the liquid/liquid interfaces

LMCT proposal (1st semester 2022)

The recycling of metals is commonly done by liquid-liquid extraction where various ionic metal compounds are selectively transferred from an aqueous phase to an organic phase. The proposed internship aims at describing and understanding the extraction mechanisms occurring at the liquid/liquid interfaces and more particularly the water/oil interfaces such as those involved in the separation chemistry.

Credit: M. Duvail / CEA

The aim of this project is to model these transfer properties using a theoretical approach based on molecular dynamics simulations in an attempt of understanding the transfer mechanisms and predicting the transfer properties of the ions.

For more information on the internship, click here

Contact: Magali DUVAIL (magali.duvail@cea.fr)

APPLICATION CLOSED