PhD Thesis – CNRS – Photocatalytic Materials Development (F/M)

Function : PhD Student
Contract : CDD
Starting date : From 2023, Septembre 1st
Duration: 36 months
Working place : IPVF – 18 Boulevard Thomas Gobert, 91120 Palaiseau (Paris-Saclay technology cluster)
Education: M.S. in Material Science, (electro)Chemistry, or other relevant fields



Become an actor of the Energy Transition by joining a team driven by innovation and impact to address today’s most decisive challenges.


IPVF – Institut Photovoltaïque d’Île-de-France, is a global Research, Innovation and Education center, which mission is to accelerate energy transition through science & technology.

Bringing together recognized industrial leaders (TotalEnergies, EDF, Air Liquide, Horiba and Riber) and world-renowned academic research teams (CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique), IPVF’ multidisciplinary and international teams conduct research dedicated to clean energy technologies (photovoltaics, green hydrogen, etc.). IPVF has built an ambitious scientific and technological research program, divided into 5 programs and 19 sub-projects, to achieve this objective.
These programs are based on a high-level experimental platform of 8,000 m², located in Paris-Saclay, and comprising more than 100 cutting-edge equipment worth €30M.




Job Context

Utilizing sunlight energy to convert carbon dioxide or derivatives into value-added chemicals and fuels offers an attractive means for reducing the accumulating atmospheric CO2 level with beneficial environmental impact, as well as efficient energy storage. Within the framework of the ANR SolarMethaCell project funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR) and carried out in collaboration with the Unit of Catalysis and Solid State Chemistry (UMR 8181 CNRS), the work will focus on the development of photoactive materials for the conversion of methane into valuable chemicals. The researcher will work at the IPVF in Palaiseau (

She/he will integrate a pluridisciplinary Team driven by innovation and results. Within the framework of the project, the PhD student will participate in progress meetings organized at IPVF or in the partner laboratory at the Institut Centrale de Lille, where she/he will present her/his results. If necessary, she/he will also participate in national or international conferences to present the results obtained.




Main Missions

Recent advances in the field of solar cells on the one hand and photo(electro)catalysis on the other hand open new opportunities to couple these two technologies for the development of sustainable and environmentally friendly photocatalytic systems using solar radiation and operating at room temperature and moderate pressure. The researcher
will work mainly on the following aspects:
– Development of photoactive materials and thin film photocatalysts using PVD and electrochemical deposition techniques;
– Materials and the optoelectronic characterization of the photocatalysts using a combination of various physicochemical methods;
– Performing photoelectrocatalytic conversion tests;
– Travel and participate to project meetings and short-term collaborative work;
– Presenting the results obtained in English and writing the corresponding activity reports, scientific publications related to his/her work.






• You have a master’s degree in chemistry, electrochemistry, materials science, or a related field.

• You have knowledge in electrochemistry and/or catalysis.



• Strong experimental and
analysis skills.
• You have excellent oral and written communication skills in English.


Self-management skills :

• You are well organized and
motivated to take
responsibilities in a national

• You are a team player,

• Your strengths include taking personal responsibility, a strong desire for innovation, excellence, and the ability to work with multiple teams and
achieve results.





Cover letter and résumé to be sent to:



Negar Naghavi:

Jean-François Guillemoles:

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