Project summary: Heterogeneous catalysis is heavily used in industry and is pivotal in our efforts to make chemical processes greener and more efficient. Direct experimental identification of the catalytically active sites and reaction mechanisms in heterogenous catalysts is challenging, hindering the ability to design catalysts for application . Therefore, the objectives of the project are:
The successful candidate will be able to build on accumulated knowledge base in our group both with respect to development of machine learning potentials and generation of data-driven collective variables [2-4].
The grand application challenge will be the realistic atomic-level modelling of zeolite synthesis. By charting the configurational space of zeolite formation process the successful applicant will open new routes to novel or improved zeolitic materials by modifying existing synthetic procedures.
Profile of a successful candidate:
Required - MSc. or equivalent in Chemistry, Physics, Material Science or a related field; good knowledge of English; experience in programming (ideally Python or similar)
Advantageous, but not required - background in Machine Learning, Statistics, Statistical Mechanics and Quantum Chemistry/Physics; experience with molecular simulations, high-performance computing (including GPU accelerated one) and Linux.
Relevant publications of the project leader:
 Grajciar, L., Heard, C.J., Bondarenko, A.A., Polynski, M.V., Meeprasert, J., Pidko, E.A., Nachtigall, P. (2018): Towards Operando Computational Modeling in Heterogeneous Catalysis. In: Chem. Soc. Rev., 22, 8307-8348
 Erlebach, A., Nachtigall, P., Grajciar, L., (2022): Accurate large-scale simulations of siliceous zeolites by neural network potentials. In: npj Comput. Mater., 8, 174.
 Saha, I., Erlebach, A., Nachtigall, P., Heard, C.J., Grajciar, L., (2022): Reactive Neural Network Potential for Aluminosilicate Zeolites and Water. In: ChemRxiv, https://doi.org/10.26434/chemrxiv-2022-d1sj9
 Sipka, M., Erlebach, A., Grajciar, L., (2022): Understanding chemical reactions via variational autoencoder and atomic representations. In: J Chem. Theory Comput. (under revision), 2022, http://arxiv.org/abs/2203.08097
Deadline is closed