The FRIAS School of Soft Matter Research and the group of Nanotechnology at the Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK), Freiburg University, Germany is offering an immediate opening for a PhD position (E13/2)
The aim of the PhD project is to understand and master the process of self-assembly of chemically and geometrically anisotropic nanoparticles in water to obtain three dimensional structures to develop a new type of materials (supermaterials). The nanoparticles may be rods, platelets, pyramids, tetrahedrons, octahedrons having facets that are chemically distinct and will exhibit anisotropic hydrophobic and hydrophilic interactions. 2 and 3 dimensional crystals with the nanoparticles as units will be fabricated. The project also involves research on the fabrication of the nanoparticles using silicon micro- and nanomachining, chemical functionalization of the surfaces and experimental studies of self-assembly process. The project is in close collaboration with the MESA+ Institute of the University of Twente in The Netherlands. The biggest part of the project will be carried out at IMTEC, and part will be done at MESA+. Formally the promotion will be at the University of Twente.!
Prof. Dr. Margit Zacharias (IMTEC) and Prof. Dr. Miko Elwenspoek (FRIAS; MESA+) will supervise the project.
Interested candidates should submit a CV, a publication list and the names of 2 referees to Prof. M. Zacharias (tel. 0761 203 7421, Zacharias@imtek.de