The Professorship of Nanoscience for Energy Technology and Sustainabilityat ETH Zurich comprises around 10 interdisciplinary researchers. As the name of its laboratory - Nanoscience for Energy Technology & Sustainability- represents, research of the group pertains to science and engineering at nanoscale for applications in energy technology and clean technology. It is a research program designed to explore exciting nanoscience and novel nanomaterials and to find out nanotechnology solutions for our global sustainability issues. We are looking for a
PhD-Student in nanomanufacturing and molecular detection using surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy
Despite the scientificand technological development, the state of the technology for the detection of the chemical composition is still in its infancy. Most of the chemical sensors in the market suffer from a lack of either selectivity or sensitivity. Therefore, there is a clear need of innovation to address a number of important issues such as breath analysis, environmental monitoring or explosive detection. Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) is promising as it can detect the species-specific signals from a small number of molecules located in the electromagnetic hot spots. However, a number of prolonged challenges of this technique has hampered its extensive application. In this project, the PhD student will address the important problems of SERS bringing this technology one step closer to commercialization. Through this PhD study, the student will gain skills and knowledge in plasmonics, nanooptics, nanomanufacturing, adsorption kinetics and related chemistry.
We are seekinghighly motivated applicants with a strong desire to work on the fabrication and characterization of plasmonic substrates, establishment of a gas flow setup for gas detection experimets and perform finite element method and equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations. You should have a master degree either in Engineering, or Nanotechnology-related area. Experience in synthesis of nanomaterials, electromagnetism and finite element analysis will be a plus but not a necessity. You must be able to work independently and communicate well with colleagues from different engineering fields in English. You should have no problem in understanding and writing scientific articles in English.
For further information
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Applications withcurriculum vitae, work certificates, transcripts during B.S. and M.S., and a “statement of motivation” (equal or less than 2 pages) outlining your research interests and motivation for doing a PhD in the interdisciplinary field of nanoscience, particularly in relation with the current position available, should be sent online with attention to: ETH Zurich, Mr. Ueli Lott, Human Resources, CH-8092, Zurich.