Post-doctoral position available in our group

Structural Dynamics and Catalytic Properties of Supported Catalytically Active Liquid Metal Solutions 


Starting date: 1 st October 2022

Duration: 12 months

Location: “Theoretical Physical Chemistry and Modeling” department (ICGM, Montpellier) 

Contact: Dr. Hazar Guesmi


Project:  Supported catalytically active liquid metal solutions (SCALMS) are emerging new class of heterogeneous catalysts with promising properties. In the SCALMS concept, a low melting and typically catalytically inactive metal (e.g., Ga) is doped with a small amount of a catalytically active metal (e.g., Pd, Rh, Pt). Then, under reaction conditions, the precious metal is fully dissolved in the liquid matrix and is highly mobile, forming single atom sites at the liquid alloy-gas interface. The aim of our theoretical project is to investigate the structural dynamics and the catalytic properties of these single-atom catalysts under realistic conditions of temperature and gas pressure. The project will benefit from strong collaborations with experimental groups from Poitiers (IC2MP) and Paris (MPQ) where the studied systems will be synthesized and characterized. Candidates Applicants should have a PhD in Physics, Chemistry, or Materials Science, with experience in computational chemistry, theoretical chemistry, or molecular modelling. Experience in computer programming with python will be an advantage. Position details The CNRS postdoctoral position is available for 12 months, starting from October 2022 (no later than January 2023). The project is funded by the French ANR (Agence Nationale pour la Recherche). Based on the CNRS salary scale, the salary is of about 2744 € gross monthly (brut mensuel).


Application To apply, please send a cover letter, a CV, and the names and contact information of two referees to Dr. Hazar Guesmi (

M2 Master Internship Available in ICGM, Montpellier (01/02/2023 - 31/07/2023)


Starting date: 1 st February 2023

Duration: 6 months

Location: “Theoretical Physical Chemistry and Modeling” department (ICGM, Montpellier) 

Contact: Dr. Hazar Guesmi


The subject of the Master Project


Single-atom alloys (SAAs) are emerging materials containing isolated metal atoms dispersed on host metal surfaces, exhibiting unique reactivity compared with the corresponding monometallic counterparts. However, the stability of the isolated atoms in the host metal has hardly been studied, although, metal segregation has been commonly observed in bimetallic systems exposed to the reactive gas [1].


In a recent work, DFT-based environmental surface segregation model was developed to map the stability of Pt singleatom dispersed in several host metal surfaces M (M = Ag, Au, Ni, Pd, Co, Rh, Ir, etc..) under various hydrogen gas pressures and temperatures. The results indicate a variety of behaviors depending on the nature and orientation of the host surface and on the applied conditions [2].


The aim of this Master project is to extend this study to other Pt-based alloy systems including host metallic surfaces in solid (Cu, Sn) and in liquid states (Ga). The objective is to predict and to analyze the stability and the electronic structure of these systems in presence of H2 and of binary and ternary gases to account for a more realistic catalytic media.

For this Master project, we are looking for a candidate motivated by the issues related to heterogeneous catalysis and having a background in material chemistry/science and theoretical chemistry.


The internship will take place over a period of 6 months in the Physics Chemistry Theory and Modeling department of the Institute Charles Gerhardt from Montpellier (ICGM This multidisciplinary project is developing within the framework of a strong collaboration with chemists who are experts in the synthesis and characterization of materials (IC2MP, Poitiers) and physicists who are experts in environmental microscopy (MPQ, Paris Diderot) and benefits from the support of the national research agency (ANR).


Contact: Hazar GUESMI (

Institut Charles Gerhardt, CNRS UMR 5253 1919 route de Mende, campus du CNRS, 34095, Montpellier



1. B. Zhu et al., J. Catal. 2013, 308, 272-281

2. Q. Wang et al., Appl. Surf. Sci. 2021, 548, 149217