Photocatalysis for PFAS Degradation

Saturday, August 7, 2021
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Postdoctoral Researcher or Scholar
Job Institution: 
Auburn University
Job Description: 

Dr. Dongye Zhao’s group at Auburn University is looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher or visiting research scholar to carry out research projects focusing on developing novel photocatalysts for photocatalytic degradation of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in water and landfill leachate. The candidate is expected to play a leading role in preparation, characterization and testing of novel photocatalysts that can effectively catalyze photochemical degradation of PFAS, carrying related experiments, analyzing and interpreting experimental data, and publishing the results in high-quality journals. Solid knowledge and instrumental skills are required in preparation, characterization, and testing of novel photocatalysts, photochemistry, and basic computational skills based on Density-functional theory.

The desired qualifications include: 1) a Ph.D. in chemistry, geochemistry, chemical engineering, environmental science and engineering, or other related disciplines; 2) demonstrated knowledge and experience in photocatalytic processes and photochemistry and in GC-MS/MS and microscopic and spectroscopic methods (e.g., HRTEM, FTIR, XPS, Fluorescence Spectroscopy); 3) working knowledge and experience in developing novel composite photocatalysts and in conducting experiments on sorption/desorption, photocatalysis, and redox reactions of organic pollutants; 4) working knowledge with related analytical instruments (e.g., GC/MS and LC-MS); and 5) good organizational and English writing skills. The initial appointment will be for one year with possible renewal for 1-2 more years (depending on availability of funds and performance). Applicants should submit a current resume, a cover letter stating your qualifications, and contact information of two references to Dr. Don Zhao by E-mail 

Dr. Dongye (Don) Zhao

Engineering Alumni Endowed Professor of Environmental Engineering

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Auburn University, AL 36849-5337, USA

E-mail:                Phone: 334-844 6277