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Electrosynthesis from Ionic Liquid Plating Baths


Weapons and Materials Research Directorate-FFP, Chemistry - FFP

RO# Location
AA.30.06.B8310 Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 210055066


Name E-mail Phone
Labukas, Joseph Paul 410.306.2989


A joint postdoctoral research appointment is available at the United States Military Academy (USMA) and the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) through the Davies Fellows Postdoctoral Teaching and Research program. The research project involves developing scientific understanding of electrochemistry as related to coatings for corrosion mitigation and enhancement of surface mechanical properties of materials. This appointment focuses on understanding fundamental concepts related to electroplating of various materials using ionic liquid based plating baths. Expertise in various aspects of the field are desired, including but not limited to: organic synthesis and characterization of novel ionic liquids to be used for electroplating, development of novel ionic liquids from existing precursors and their use in electroplating, computational studies in electrochemical processes, thin film electrodeposition and characterization, electrochemistry, and corrosion science. The ideal applicant should have experience with common surface analytical techniques such as SEM, EDS, XPS, Auger spectroscopy, AFM, RBS, and various electrochemical methods. Applicants should have experience with metallographic and other techniques for surface preparation and cleaning, working in inert environments (glove box), safe laboratory practices, and hazardous waste handling/disposal. Technical reporting of findings in peer-reviewed journals, proposal writing, and interacting with other Army/DOD organizations is required.

In addition to conducting fundamental research, the applicant is expected to teach at the advanced undergraduate level. This includes core courses in the engineering sequence, as well as guiding undergraduates during independent study in support of the research goals. The teaching requirement at West Point is equivalent to teaching two sections of the same undergraduate course per semester, allowing time for carrying out the ARL research program. Research is conducted under the direction of an ARL Adviser on a part-time basis during the academic year and on a full-time basis during the summers. The applicant is expected to spend ~25% of their time in Aberdeen, MD at the Weapons and Materials Research Directorate of The Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD.



Abbott AP, Frisch G, Ryder KS: Electroplating Using Ionic Liquids. Annual Review of Materials Research 43: 335-58, 2013

Ispas A, Bund A: Electrodeposition in Ionic Liquids. The Electrochemical Society Interface, Spring 2014



Electrochemistry; Aluminum; Magnesium; Electroplating; Thin-films; Electrosynthesis; Ionic liquid; Corrosion; Modeling;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants
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