The necessary transfer to sustainable society requires minimization of negative impact of chemical industry to environment by searching for new chemical reactions and catalysts. Theoretical methods based on quantum chemistry and statistical thermodynamics due to tremendous advances both of computer hardware and computational methods are becoming an important partner for experiments and frequently are faster, cheaper, not limited by extreme conditions of reactions or toxicity of compounds, although their accuracy is frequently lower. One of the main advantage is direct study of reaction mechanisms that is experimentally very difficult. In this project we will study theoretically mechanisms of reactions starting from the simplest homogeneous reactions without metals, then reactions with metals, heterogeneous reactions on zeolites, on MOFs (metal-organic frameworks), COFs (covalent-organic frameworks) up to possibly reactions catalyzed by enzymes using QM/MM (quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics) approaches.
Profile of an ideal candidate.
Required: MSc. or equivalent in Chemistry, Physics, Material Science or a related fields, working knowledge of English. Advantageous: background in quantum chemistry, statistical thermodynamics, molecular simulations, high-performance computing environment, programming. We offer: negotiable salary starting from 23kCZK, international group, collaboration with experimental groups, participation on international conferences
DOI:10.1021/acs.inorgchem.6b01894, DOI:10.1002/adma.202003264Apply to the project