Dr Johannes Hunger
Dr Johannes Hunger
Group Leader
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PhD Position: Spectroscopy study on ion-pair receptors

Job offer from March 23, 2018

We seek to hire a PhD student for a spectroscopic investigation of the efficiency of novel ion-pair receptors.

Ion-pair receptors are small molecules that have a binding pocket for both a cation and an anion. These novel materials can thus bind an electro-neutral ion-pair, which is a prerequisite for a sustainable removable of (toxic) ions from waste. In a collaborative project between the Institute of Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Science (ICCAS, Beijing, PR China) and the Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPIP, Mainz, Germany) structure-function relationships for the ion-pair binding efficiencies of such receptors will be established. The receptor molecules will be synthesized at the ICCAS and ion-binding in solution will be studied at the MPIP in Mainz using a range of spectroscopic techniques. The advertised position is focused on the spectroscopic characterization of ion-pair binding in solution. The successful candidate will obtain significant experience in dielectric, Terahertz, and NMR spectroscopies together with acquisition and analysis of the spectra and their interpretation. Any previous experience in spectroscopy, physical chemistry, or electro-chemistry is a strong benefit.

This part of the project will be executed in the Department of Molecular Spectroscopy (under the supervision of Johannes Hunger) at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (Mainz, Germany) in close collaboration with the group of Dexian Wang (ICCAS, Beijing, PR China). The duration of the project is for 3 years; if interested, please send your CV, a letter of motivation, and a list of two references by email to The position is open immediately until filled.

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