NIST’s Material Measurement Laboratory (MML) and Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL) are developing a new spectroscopic method to study intermolecular interactions. Specifically, the team is developing a spectroscopic method that takes advantage of both electric and acoustic phenomena to study intermolecular interactions of ion pairs and other dipoles in solution. This spectroscopy will enable the design of more efficient chemical separations, better catalysts, etc. The team doing device validation is located in the MML Applied Chemicals and Materials Division (Fluid Characterization Group) and uses existing spectroscopy techniques including high pressure NMR, acoustic spectroscopy, and dielectric spectroscopy to validate the new electric-acoustic method. The team will probe simple, well-known intermolecular interactions such as the ion-pairing of simple salts with and without crown ethers.
We encourage applications for a postdoctoral research associate to study ion-pairing phenomena by use of dielectric spectroscopy and acoustic spectroscopy. Measurements of ion-pairing equilibria or ion-complexation equilibria (in crown ethers or organometallic cages, for example) are of interest. A short-term goal of this project is to validate the performance of electric-acoustic spectroscopy, the new technique discussed above. Longer-term goals include the development of highly efficient separations and catalytic reactions. This is a collaborative project with an interdisciplinary team of experimentalists and theorists from multiple groups and laboratories at NIST. Extensive interaction between experimentalists and theorists is expected.
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Who We Are
PREP is a special partnership between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado Boulder. PREP provides research opportunities to CU undergraduate and graduate students, as well as researchers with a Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD in NIST labs to gain research experience alongside NIST scientists.
The particular group that needs a researcher is the Fluid Characterization Group under the Applied Chemicals and Materials Division at NIST.
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
- Design and conduct dielectric and acoustic experiments to measure ion-pairing or ion-complexation equilibria in solution.
- Analyze data and make uncertainty determinations for results.
- Present findings in oral and written formats for formal and informal audiences.
- Other duties as assigned.
What We Can Offer
The salary range is $66,000 - $87,750 and will be based on relevant background and experience.
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What We Require
- a PhD in chemistry (or closely related field) before the position’s start date.
- Previous experience with dielectric spectroscopy and acoustic measurements.
What We Would Like You To Have
- Significant experience with thermodynamic measurements is highly desirable.
To apply, please submit the following materials:
- Cover Letter
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Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
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