July 31, 2001
I am writing you to ask for your help in identifying good candidates to fill a couple of postdoctoral openings in my laboratory. I have a number of new projects in my lab that include materials and semiconductor surface characterization problems as well as the study of chiral catalysis. Below I enclose a copy of an ad I have written describing the position. I would appreciate it if you could bring this to the attention of anyone interested.
Thanks in advance for your help,
POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS IN SURFACE SCIENCE
Department of Chemistry, University of California, Riverside
Applications are invited for two postdoctoral positions in the area of surface chemistry to address new projects in semiconductor surface manufacturing and characterization and in chiral catalysis using modifiers. The specific area of research is flexible, but will be related to those efforts and/or to other existing projects on the surface chemistry of catalysis. We are currently working on the chemistry of hydrocarbon conversion on metal and oxide surfaces, on partial oxidation processes, and on NOx reduction and other environmental related processes. The new projects involve the derivatisation of silicon surfaces with redox ligands for the manufacturing of memory devices, and the use of chiral modifiers to impart enantioselectivity to transition metal hydrogenation catalysts. All those studies involve the mechanistic detailing of the relevant chemistry by physical (RAIRS, XPS, ISS, LEED) and chemical (TPD, titrations with CO and ammonia, isothermal kinetic experiments, isotopic labeling, etc.), as well as more straightforward surface characterization. Extensive experience in surface science-UHV work and a good background in surface chemistry are desirable. Knowledge in infrared spectroscopy is a plus (some projects involve vacuum and non-vacuum adsorbate characterization by IR).
Our laboratory is presently equipped with five UHV systems, each equipped with a different combination of surface sensitive techniques (AES, XPS, TPD, ISS, SSIMS, LEED, and RAIRS), as well as a second FT-IR for non-vacuum surface infrared studies, a micro-batch reactor and other minor pieces of equipment. Potential candidates are encouraged to get more information about our lab and about our ongoing projects from our web site
Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and a publication list and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to Prof. Francisco Zaera, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521.
Professor Francisco Zaera
Department of Chemistry
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521
Phone (909) 787-5498
Fax (909) 787-3962 (Direct)
(909) 787-4713 (Department)
web site http//www.chem.ucr.edu/Zaera/lab.html