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Solid state chemistry – mesostructured materials: Juniorprofessor Dr. Mirijam Zobel

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Internship offer for Grenoble

The wood pyrolysis – route for manufacturing of advanced carbon materials

Wood (and biomass in general) is one of the most abundant and easily accessible material on the earth. Carbonaceous materials derived from residual biomass have been studied for a wide range of applications, including environmental, catalytic, industrial, electronic and agricultural purposes. The distinct macroscopic properties, such as electrical conductivity, strongly depend on the initial precursor material and treatment conditions. Use of large X-ray sources, such as ESRF, is necessary in order to characterize pyrolyzed carbons with atomic precision and to follow the carbonization process in-situ.


  • Processing of a set of wood pyrolysis in-situ experiments where various wood samples were heated to high temperature in the absence of oxygen.
  • Use of advanced X-ray diffraction analysis techniques (Pair Distribution Function, Rietveld analysis) to determine the key structural transformation in the process with atomic precision.
  • Have fun in Grenoble!

When: Summer 2019 or Fall 2019 or Winter 2020
Where:ESRF - European Synchrotron Facility in Grenoble, France
For how long: up to 4 months, but shorter terms also possible
Financial support: Ca. 1000 €/month (depending on qualification, BSc, MSc, …)

If you are not yet familiar with PDF analysis in general, this internship can be combined with a student job (Hiwi) in the Zobel group to learn the basics of XRD and PDF in Bayreuth, before heading to Grenoble.

Full description including contact details of Jakub Drnec and Mirijam Zobel.

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