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Available Research Opportunities

We are looking to recruit talented and dedicated scientists.
For more information and if you are interested in working in the Serre group then please email Dr. Christian SERRE at:


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Postdoctoral Positions
POST-DOCTORAL POSITION: OSMIX: Diffusio-osmotic mixing for blue energy optimization
[posted on April, 26th 2023]

A Post-doctoral position is available in the team of Materiaux Innovant pour l’Energie, Institut des Matériaux Poreux de Paris, (ENS-ESPCI-CNRS), under the supervision of Dr. Corentin Tregouet and Dr. Mathilde Lepoitevin. The project is funded by the DIM Materre, IPGG for 12 months. Our project is to tame Diffuso-Osmosis at chemically patterned interfaces to perform controlled passive near-surface mixing in the concentration-polarization region. This will enable the inhibition of concentration polarization and hence the realization of the full potential of Blue Energy technologies.
The mission of the Post-Doc will be to will be first to identify a reproducible way to produce model selective single- and multi-pore membranes (by MOF synthesis). Second, using the chosen membrane configuration, the goal will be to create various patterns to identify which one can lower the resistance (convective transport of ions) and increase the Donnan potential (mixing to maintain a sharp concentration gradient): the parameters will be the size of the patterns and their nature (surface charge or conductivity).
According to the candidate skills or affinities, he/she can contribute to variety of applications, such as electrical control of nanofluidic flows, or electrokinetic power conversion. He/she will combine advanced nanofabrication with nanoelectronics, nanofluidics, surface chemistry, material science.
Applicant for this position will be highly motivated, must hold a PhD in Physics, Chemistry, or Materials science. Knowledge in MOF synthesis, nanopore characterization, micro/nanofluidics, will be needed, skills in clean room, 3D printing and MOF will be greatly appreciated.
Applicants are invited to submit an email including cover letter, a summary of previous research, CV with publication list, and 2 or more references letters, to Dr. Mathilde Lepoitevin and Dr. Corentin Tregouet.
Dr. Mathilde Lepoitevin,
Dr Corentin Tregouet,

POST-DOCTORAL POSITION: Serial crystallography for the determination of new hybrid structures

A post-doc position is available at the Institut des Matériaux Poreux de Paris (IMAP), Ecole Normale Supérieure and ESPCI-Paris. The project is funded by the ANR project Serial-X-Energy in collaboration with the Institut Lavoisier de Versailles (ILV, Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin) and Synchrotron SOLEIL.
Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) and PolyOxoMetalates (POMs) are crystalline materials at the forefront in the design of novel energy storage and conversion systems (electrochemical, heat, water splitting, hydrogen evolution, heat reallocation…). These systems play a strategic role in the development of efficient, sustainable and renewable energy resources. One of the major challenges associated with the discovery of crystalline materials is the determination of their structure, which is a prerequisite for understanding their properties. Conventional techniques based on single crystal or powder X-ray diffraction have inherent limitations (crystal size, difficulty in analyzing powder data). Therefore, we are seeking to adapt to hybrid materials a technique called « serial crystallography » that aims to determine structures by analyzing a set of microcrystals, in order to overcome the limitations of current techniques.
During the project, the synthesis and characterization of MOF and POM crystals of controlled size and optimized crystal quality will be carried out. In a first step, known solids will be selected to benchmark the technique, which will further be used to elucidate the structure of new materials. Structural characterizations by serial crystallography will be carried out on the PROXIMA 2A beamline at Synchrotron SOLEIL.
Applicants for this position shall be highly motivated and must possess a strong background in coordination or solid-state chemistry. Experience in structure resolution by X-Ray diffraction will be greatly appreciated. Candidates shall speak French or English fluently. Applicants are invited to submit an email including a cover letter, CV with a publication list and two or more references letters.
Dr. Antoine Tissot –
Dr. Christian Serre –

Postdoctoral positions within the Serre group will be advertised when funding is available. However, for self-funding applicants, please email Dr. Christian SERRE at:

PhD Positions
No other offer available at the moment. PhD positions are available in the group each year, usually starting in October. However, for self-funding applicants, please email Dr. Christian SERRE at: ENS or ESPCI requirements will need to be met and applicants will also need to apply via the normal application route.

Master track Opportunities: PSL University (in Paris, France) has 2 Master track Chemistry and Life Science and« Chemistry & Innovation ». They are part of the joint Chemistry Master program co-accredited with Sorbonne University, which targets an international student audience.
This track offers high level courses, taught in english, in all fields of chemistry, (molecular chemistry and biological chemistry, analytical and physical chemistry, theoretical chemistry and modelling, materials chemistry) based on the up-to-date research developed at PSL University. In addition to academic education, a specific goal of the track is to train students in scientifical and technological innovation processes through a deep training (research challenges, design thinking, prototyping, scientific projects in strong interaction with PSL research labs, group activities, and soft skill development). To complete a full master program, students will then have access to any of 2nd-year tracks of the Chemistry Master. A few grants should also be available.
More information can be found in the flyer and in the website of the formation (please click on the C&I link, on the same horizontal banner as « presentation »).