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Opportunity at Air Force Research Laboratory   AFRL

Synthesis of Ionic Liquids for High-Thrust Electric Propulsion


Aerospace Systems Directorate, RQ/Rocket Propulsion Division

opportunity location
13.30.12.C0281 Edwards Air Force Base, CA 93524


name email phone
Kamran Blake Ghiassi 661-275-5355


This research project focuses on the synthesis of ionic liquids for high-thrust electric propulsion (EP). While the majority of propellant research emphasizes improving performance and efficiency (Isp), little work is geared towards studying ionic liquids to benefit thrust (F) in the EP regime. The proposed research will involve the synthesis of new ionic liquid compounds in order to explore their suitability for EP. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in organic chemistry, with doctoral work preferably focusing on the synthesis of ionic liquids. In addition, familiarity with typical characterization methods including NMR, FTIR, UV-vis spectroscopies as well as DSC and TGA are desired.


  1. Greeson, K. T.; Hall, N. G.; Redeker, N. D.; Marcischak, J. C.; Gilmore, L. V.: Boatz, J. A.; Le, T. C.; Alston, J. R.; Guenthner, A. J.; Ghiassi, K. B. J. Mol. Liq. 2018, 265, 701-710.
Ionic liquids; Synthesis; Organic; Inorganic; Materials; Applications


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


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$76,542.00 $4,000.00

$3,000 Supplement for Doctorates in Engineering & Computer Science

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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