PhD positions at the research group of Thermodynamics of Task-Specific Materials in Prague

Three PhD positions are currently open in the group of Thermodynamics of Task-Specific Materials EHLSP at the Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals CAS, v.v.i. in Prague.

I. Thermodynamic study of the role of terpenes on formation of secondary organic aerosols
Graduate Project in Physical Chemistry

Supervisor : Dr. Zdenek Wagner

Terpenes originating from foliage by natural processes together with products of their photooxidation and ozonolysis play an important role in secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation. The mechanism is not yet explained because the experimental values of physico-chemical properties are not available in the literature. The aim of the work is thus experimental determination of physico-chemical properties that are needed for understanding of the SOA formation, namely saturated vapour pressures, densities, UV-Vis absorption and surface tension of terpenes and their water solutions. The properties will also be described by relevant thermodynamic relationships.

Required education and skills
• Master degree in physical chemistry, physics, or organic chemistry;
• basic programming skills and experience with Linux are an advantage;
• systematic and creative approach to work;
• team work ability.

For more details please contact:
Dr. Zdenek Wagner, Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals CAS, v.v.i.
e-mail wagner@icpf.cas.cz

II. Thermodynamic study of the role of terpenes on formation of secondary organic aerosols
Graduate Project in Physical Chemistry

Supervisor : Dr. Zdenek Wagner

Terpenes originating from foliage by natural processes together with products of their photooxidation and ozonolysis play an important role in secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation. The mechanism is not yet explained because the experimental values of physico-chemical properties are not available in the literature. The aim of the work is thus experimental determination of physico-chemical properties that are needed for understanding of the SOA formation, namely saturated vapour pressures, densities, UV-Vis absorption and surface tension of terpenes and their water solutions. The properties will also be described by relevant thermodynamic relationships.

Required education and skills
• Master degree in physical chemistry, physics, or organic chemistry;
• basic programming skills and experience with Linux are an advantage;
• systematic and creative approach to work;
• team work ability.

For more details please contact:
Dr. Zdenek Wagner, Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals CAS, v.v.i.
e-mail wagner@icpf.cas.cz

III. Interaction of Task-Specific Ionic Liquids with Carbon Dioxide
Graduate Project in Physical Chemistry

Supervisor : Dr. Magdalena Bendova

Terpenes are a group of chemical compounds that occur naturally in the atmosphere as a result of their release from foliage. The general aim of the present project is to understand the role of terpenes in the formation of the Secondary Organic Aerosol (SOA) in terms of the interaction of terpenes with water aerosol. In particular, the present thesis will address modelling of this interaction by means of the COSMORS methodology by means of predicting the air-water partitioning coefficients and sorption of terpenes on the surface of the water aerosol droplets.

Required education and skills
• Master degree in physical chemistry, physics, or organic chemistry;
• basic programming skills and experience with Linux are an advantage;
• systematic and creative approach to work;
• team work ability.

For more details please contact:
Dr. Magdalena Bendova, Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals CAS, v.v.i.
e-mail bendova@icpf.cas.cz