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Location: Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Type: Temp to Full Time
Internal Number: 9311
We are seeking a postdoctoral research associate who will support the Geochemistry and Interfacial Sciences Group in the Chemical Sciences Division, Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The postdoctoral research associate will focus on carbonation reactions of MgO and reaction-induced fracturing.
The position is funded by a new Department of Energy (DOE) Basic Energy Science (BES) project within the Material Science & Engineering portfolio called “Fundamental Mechanisms Driving Efficiency of CO2 Capture Using Mineral Looping” (FY23-FY26). The goal of this research project is to provide a fundamental understanding of the chemical reactions that govern the hydroxylation and carbonation of MgO, a potential material for direct air capture of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This is an interdisciplinary and multi-institutional project, more information can be found here: https://www.ornl.gov/project/fundamental-mechanisms-driving-efficiency-co2-capture-using-mineral-looping
The selected candidate will work collaboratively with scientists in CSD and submitting user proposals to ORNL’s Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) to develop an understanding of phase formation during MgO hydroxylation and carbonation reactions. The research will also take advantage of other DOE user facilities, e.g., the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) at ORNL or the Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory.
Conduct independent research using multimodal imaging methods (e.g., transmission electron microscopy, atom probe tomography, ToF-SIMS, etc.), which will include developing/optimizing methodologies for solid characterization:
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