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Preparation of microreactors based on macroporous polymer monoliths combined with metal-organic frameworks for catalysis and in-line separation in continuous flow

ABG-110681 Master internship 4 months gratification de stage + financement de thèse
Thiais Ile-de-France France
  • Materials science
  • Chemistry
Polymère; catalyse; chimie en flux

Employer organisation

The work will be carried out in the frame of a collaborative ANR project between the Institut de Chimie et des Matériaux Paris-Est belonging to the Université Paris-Est Créteil (ICMPE), a well-known research group in the field of polymer science and continuous flow processes and the Laboratoire de Réactivité de Surface (LRS), located in Sorbonne University, a research group expert in the field of heterogeneous catalysis and MOF.


Internship duration: 5-6 months starting from 1 February 2023.

Funding: monthly grant: 560 €.

PhD opportunity: a PhD grant is available at the outcome of the internship.



Internship for Master student in Chemistry / Materials Science

Possibility of extension with a PhD grant

Preparation of a sequential microcolumn made of macroporous polymer monoliths combined with metal-organic frameworks for catalysis and in-line separation in continuous flow.

The multiporous catalysis/separation microsystem concerned in this project is composed of two connected microcolumns (Figure 1). The first one, dedicated to the enantioselective catalysis (C-C cross-coupling on the figure) is filled with a macroporous network made of interconnected polymer microglobules (Macroporous Polymer Monoliths, MPM) whose surface is covered with MOF nanocrystals, a class of highly porous hybrid materials built from the assembly of multifunctional organic linkers and metal ions. MOF are promising new material platforms for enantioselective catalysis owing to their tunable composition and the high density and dispersion of intra- or extra-framework catalytic sites within their structure. The second microcolumn, dedicated to substrates/products separation, is composed of MPM whose surface is modified with appropriate chemical functions.

As a part of this project, and based on preliminary data, the mission of the student will be to synthesize and characterize the MPM/MOF hybrid microcolumn for catalysis and functionalize the MPM surface of the separation section.

In order to characterize the hybrid microcolumns, different technics will be used: Infrared and Raman spectroscopy, powder X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectrometry. The texture and porosity of the samples will be assessed by N2 and Kr volumetric gas adsorption and electron microscopy. The student will be trained and autonomous on most of the measurement apparatus and associated softwares.



Profile of the candidate: Master’s degree student or Engineering school student with a backround in chemistry and a strong interest (and knowledge) for material chemistry and physico-chemical characterization of porous materials. Excellent openness and curiosity, as well as motivation, autonomy and rigour are required.

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