A fully funded PhD position is available in the Buergi group at the Department of Physical Chemistry, University of Geneva, Switzerland (http://unige.ch/sciences/chifi/2Buergi/home/).
Atomically precise metal nanoclusters (APMNs) constitute a class of objects in the border between molecules and nanoparticles with a unique set of physical and chemical properties and a great potential for many applications. Among them, those connected to photochemical reactions are of particular interest. Despite the many efforts to date to describe the interaction of light with APMNs there are still several essential issues to be solved. Unravelling them would be extremely interesting not only from a basic point of view, but also for allowing a rational design of their applications in photovoltaics, -catalysis, bioimaging or optoelectronics, to mention a few. In particular there is a long-standing debate about the nature of the electronic states involved in their optical transitions and the reason for observing their quite peculiar behaviour: lack of similitude between the absorption and the luminescence excitation spectra, long and multiexponential luminescence decays, relatively low emission yields, etc.
This project aims to uncover photophysical structure-property relationships of APMNs and study their reactivity in basic elementary reactions, such as charge or energy transfer.
The main tasks of the PhD student will revolve around the use and application of:
- steady-state (UV-Vis-NIR absorption, fluorescence, Raman, Raman Optical Activity, IR) and time-resolved (time-correlated single photon counting, laser flash photolysis) spectroscopic methods
- chemical kinetics
- synthesis of APMNs (optional)
The start of the project is as soon as possible and is projected for a period of 4 years.
The successful candidate should hold an MSc degree (or equivalent) in chemistry or chemical engineering with good knowledge of spectroscopy and interest in acquiring knowledge in a programming language, such as Python or Matlab. We are looking for a highly motivated, committed, and creative person. Good writing and oral communication skills in English are required.
Founded in 1559 by Jean Calvin, the University of Geneva (UNIGE) is dedicated to teaching, research and dialogue with society. With more than 17’000 students of some 150 different nationalities, it is Switzerland’s second largest university.
Just like the city of Geneva itself, the University enjoys a strong international reputation, both for the quality of its research (it ranks among the top institutions among the League of European Research Universities) and the excellence of its education.
We look forward to receiving your application that includes a CV, academic transcripts, work certificates (if any) and a 1-page motivation letter stating research experience and interests.
For further information about the project and the working group, please contact Prof. Thomas Buergi (email@example.com) or Dr. Arnulf Rosspeintner (firstname.lastname@example.org).Continue reading
|Title||PhD position in Physical Chemistry|
|Employer||University of Geneva|
|Job location||Rue du Général- Dufour 24, 1211 Genève|
|Published||February 14, 2020|
|Job types||PhD  |
|Fields||Optics,   Chemical Engineering,   Photochemistry,   Physical Chemistry,   Spectroscopy,   Photonics  |