Doc. dr. Sašo Gyergyek

received his PhD in 2010 from the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, University of Maribor. After his PhD, he did postdoctoral training at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. His research interests are in the area of wet synthesis methods for the preparation of multifunctional magnetic nanocomposites. He is currently working on the development of new magnetic nanocomposite catalysts that allow the electrification of chemical processes via magnetic heating of the catalyst.

Gyergyek Sašo
Research programme: Advanced magnetic and multifunctional materials
Training topic: Nanomaterials as catalysts for advanced processes of green technologies

Catalysts are involved in about 80% of all chemical transformations that we as a society relay on. An efficient and stable catalyst is therefore crucial for obtaining the necessary compounds. Among other measures, the so-called electrification of chemical industry and production of energy sources is an important one to reach goals of green transition. Electro(lysis)reduction plays a key role in these processes. However, not all chemicals and fuels can be obtained using this process. Our group is developing catalysts that enable electrification via magnetic heating of catalysts using an alternating magnetic field. The candidate will have the opportunity to particape in development of new types of magnetic catalysts for chemical conversions relevant for green transition. The candidate will develop new aqueous-based techniques for preparation of magnetic nanocomposite catalysts. The synthesis will be accompanied by a variety of structural and functional characterizations including electron microscopy, chemisorption and activity tests conducted on our home-built system. Participation at international conferences is expected. The position is suitable for an enthusiastic young researcher who wants to engage in exciting research at the intersection of chemistry, materials science and chemical engineering.


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Minimum requirements for application:

  • master degree from chemistry or chemical engineering (degree awarded until September 2023),
  • knowledge of English