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Research Fellow in Microreaction Engineering

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have an established background in Microreaction Engineering and heterogeneous catalysis? Do you want to further your career in one of the UKs leading research intensive Universities? 

Metal nanoparticles are used for a wide range of applications due to their unique electrical, optical, and magnetic properties as well as the catalytic activity. The ability to achieve size-controlled, continuous synthesis of metal nanoparticles is of significant importance to provide an accurate adjustment of the colloidal properties. Continuous reaction systems, such as Corning Advanced-Flow Reactor (AFR), combine the advantages of micro reactors, e.g. faster mixing and enhanced heat and mass transfer, with conventional batch reactor systems, i.e. high throughput and less possibility of occurrence of clogging. These devices can then subsequently be employed to scale-up the developed reaction conditions.

We are looking for an outstanding Research Fellow to work on our EPSRC IAA-funded project "High-throughput synthesis of metal nanoparticles in an advanced flow reactor" in the School of Chemical and Process Engineering. In the proposed research, we will explore the application of Corning AFR (e.g. Low-Flow Reactor) for metal nanoparticles synthesis, optimize the experimental conditions and parameters to achieve a controllable and tuneable process based on the Institute of Process Research and Development, Leeds (iPRD), and characterise and evaluate the catalytic activity and selectivity of the synthesised nanoparticles for a particular reaction using the state-of-the-art facilities in Leeds Electron Microscopy and Spectroscopy Centre (LEMAS).

Holding a PhD (or an expectation that a PhD will be awarded soon) in Chemical Engineering or a closely allied discipline, you will have a strong background in microreaction engineering, flow chemistry, and heterogeneous catalysis, and experience with materials characterization, and experience with materials characterization using XRD, TEM and related techniques.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Dr Kejun Wu, School of Chemical and Process Engineering

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 0532 or email:

Further information

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Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Engineering
School/Institute:  School of Chemical & Process Engineering
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,199 to £39,609 p.a.
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (Up to 8 months, available from 1 August 2019, to end by 31 March 2020 (grant funding))
Release Date:  Wednesday 26 June 2019
Closing Date:  Thursday 25 July 2019
Interview Date:  Tuesday 06 August 2019
Reference:  ENGPE1166
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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