Artificial Intelligence applied to Ion Beam Analysis
A one year contract postdoctoral research position is open at the laboratory for light element studies (LEEL, CEA/DRF) and the Data Science for Decision Laboratory (LS2D, DRT/LIST) and focuses on data processing based on AI and machine learning, here in the scope of Ion Beam Analysis (IBA).
In the context of this project, the successful candidate will have to fulfill the following tasks:
1- Design of a multispectral dictionary.
2- Learning module development.
3- Main code programming.
4- Development of a module dedicated to multispectral mappings.
The postdoctoral research associate will be hosted and supervised within LEEL and LS2D.
Nanostructured negative electrodes for magnesium-ion batteries
The subject is part of an ANR project on the development of negative electrodes for magnesium (Mg)-ion batteries. Magnesium is an excellent alternative to lithium due to its high specific capacity, low cost, abundance on Earth and low reactivity. However, conventional electrolytes interact strongly with metallic magnesium to form a blocking layer on the surface of metallic Mg, inhibiting reversible electrochemical reactions. An interesting solution to overcome this problem is to replace the Mg metal electrode with a material compatible with electrolyte solutions having a large electrochemical stability window. Interestingly, Mg alloy compounds have adequate stability in conventional electrolytes, slightly higher potentials than pure metallic Mg with however lower specific capacities than Mg. As part of an ANR project, the LEEL laboratory develops new alloy compounds for Mg batteries in the form of nanostructured electrodes to overcome volume expansion and slow diffusion of ions during the alloying with Mg.
In this project, the postdoctoral associate will first be in charge of the fundamental understanding of the reactivity towards the electrolyte of the alloys developed in the laboratory, notably through impedance spectroscopy and XPS. Secondly, the postdoctoral associate will deal with the electrode and electrolyte formulation’s optimization with a systematic comparison of electrochemical performances in half-cell. Finally, full Mg-ion cells will be made with the better electrode/electrolyte combination.