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POST-DOC POSITION IN THE FIELD OF

Hybrid nanoarchitectures for renewable energy applications

jointly supervised by Prof. Dr. Patrik Schmuki (http://www.lko.uni-erlangen.de/People/schmuki.htmland Prof. Radek Zboril (http://www.rcptm.com/about/page/radek-zboril/)

The Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials (RCPTM; www.rcptm.com) at Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic, and the Institute for Surface Science and Corrosion at Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, Germany (LKO, http://www.lko.uni-erlangen.de) announce the opening of a new postdoc position for scientists experienced in the field of materials chemistry, nanomaterials, and (photo)electrochemistry.

The successful candidate will receive a one-year (to be possible extended up to three-years) contract at Palacký University in Olomouc in the Czech Republic and is expected to spend extended visits with the Prof. Schmuki’s research group at LKO, Friedrich-Alexander University. This unique position is open immediately for qualified applicants.

The research program:

The research work of the co-operating groups (RCPTM, LKO) focuses on the development, characterization, and testing the functional properties of advanced nano-heterostructures based on semiconductor metal oxides combined with various hybrid heteropartners (co-catalysts, multilayer assemblies, optical sensitization, etc.) for hydrogen generation via the solar water splitting.

The inorganic materials are primarily synthetized by state-of-the-art plasma-assisted deposition techniques involving high-power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS).

Required experiences in some of these areas:

  • Pulse modulated (DC and/or RF, MF) reactive magnetron sputtering of nanocrystalline thin films and nanostructures (pure metals, metal alloys, oxides, nitrides, etc.);
  • Experience with the high-power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS).
  • Utilization of multi magnetron deposition sources (three or more magnetron guns), DC/RF Bias, etc.;

The applicant responsibilities:

  • Controlled deposition of inorganic nanostructured materials by aforementioned plasmatic systems.
  • Controlled deposition of thick (up to 10 µm) pure metal (Ti, W, Fe, Zn, Al, etc.) and metal alloys (Ti-Pt, Fe-Ti, Ti-Nb-Ta, etc.) onto various substrates (FTO, glass, metals, etc.) as the starting materials to growth nanostructures by electrochemical anodization;
  • Controlled deposition of multilayers structures, over-coatings of various nanostructures (nanotubes, nanorods, etc.), preparation of gradient heterojunctions, etc.;

 Relevant References:

  • Kment, P. Schmuki, Z. Hubicka, R. Zboril, et al., “Photoanodes with fully controllable texture: the enhanced water splitting efficiency of thin hematite films exhibiting solely (110) crystal orientation”, ACS NANO, 9 (20015) 7113-7123.
  • Kment, P. Schmuki, E. Schubert, R. Zboril, “On the improvement of PEC activity of hematite thin films deposited by high-power pulsed magnetron sputtering method”, APPLIED CATALYSIS B: ENVIRONMENTAL, 165 (2015) 344-350.
  • Kment, P. Schmuki, et al., “ High-power pulsed plasma deposition of hematite photoanodes for PEC water splitting”, CATALYSIS TODAY, 230 (2014) 8-14.
  • Tucek, K. C. Kemp, K. S. Kim, R. Zboril, “Iron-oxide-supported nanocarbon in lithium-ion batteries, medical, catalytic and environmental applications”, ACS NANO, 8 (2014) 7571-7612.
  • Sivula, R. Zboril, F. Le Formal, R. Rosa, A. Weidenkaff, J. Tucek, J. Frydrych, M. Graetzel, “Photoelectrochemical water splitting with mesoporous hematite prepared by a solution-based colloidal approach”, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 132 (2010) 7436-7444.
  • Cesar, K. Sivula, A. kay, R. Zboril, M. Graetzel, “Influence of feature size, film thickness, and silicon doping on the performance of nanostructures hematite photoanodes for solar water splitting”, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 113 (2009) 772-782.
  • Frydrych, L. Machala, J. Tucek, K. Siskova, J. Filip, J. Pechousek, K. Safarova, M. Vondracek, J. H. Seo, O. Schneeweiss, M. Graetzel, K. Sivula, R. Zboril, “Facile fabrication of tin-doped hematite photoelectrodes – effect of doping on magnetic properties and performance for light-induced water splitting”, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY, 22 (2012) 23232-23239.
  • Lee, A. Mazare, P. Schmuki, “One-dimensional titanium dioxide nanomaterials: nanotubes”, CHEMICAL REVIEWS, 114 (2014)

Benefits:

We offer a stimulating environment, attractive salary, and a unique opportunity to join two well-known research groups with state of the art instrumentation including plasma-assisted deposition methods (hi-tech 5-magnetron-guns HiPIMS system, PECVD), cryoHRTEM, AFM, STM, SEM, SQUID, PPMS, XPS and advanced Raman spectroscopy, GDOES, in-field Mössbauer spectroscopy, NMR, fluorescence spectroscopy, and one of the best equipped electrochemical and photoelectrochemical laboratory in Europe.

Formal requirements:

PhD or equivalent in the field of plasma deposition; good publication record, excellent oral and written English.

Research Fields:

Physics, Plasma deposition, Plasma chemistry, Solid state physics

Career Stage:

Experienced researcher or 4-10 yrs. (Post-Doc)

Research Profiles:

Recognized Researcher (R2)

Comment/web site for additional job details

Submit an application including a curriculum vitae and a list of publications to: radek.zboril@upol.cz, schmuki@ww.uni-erlangen.de, stepan.kment@upol.cz, alberto.naldoni@upol.cz. Arrange for a letter of recommendation to be sent directly to the same email addresses.

Screening of applicants will resume immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview at RCPTM.


POST-DOC POSITION IN THE FIELD OF

Hybrid nanoarchitectures for renewable energy applications

jointly supervised by Prof. Dr. Patrik Schmuki (http://www.lko.uni-erlangen.de/People/schmuki.htmland Prof. Radek Zboril (http://www.rcptm.com/about/page/radek-zboril/)

The Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials (RCPTM; www.rcptm.com) at Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic, and the Institute for Surface Science and Corrosion at Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, Germany (LKO, http://www.lko.uni-erlangen.de) announce the opening of a new postdoc position for scientists experienced in the field of hybrid nanoarchitectures for renewable energy applications.

The successful candidate will receive a one-year (to be possible extended up to three-years) contract at Palacký University in Olomouc in the Czech Republic and is expected to spend extended visits with the Prof. Schmuki’s research group at LKO, Friedrich-Alexander University. This unique position is open immediately for qualified applicants.

The research program:

The research work of the co-operating groups (RCPTM, LKO) focuses on the development, characterization, and testing the functional properties of advanced nano-heterostructures based on semiconductor metal oxides combined with various hybrid heteropartners (co-catalysts, multilayer assemblies, optical sensitization, etc.) for photoelectrochemical solar water splitting.

The inorganic materials are primarily synthetized by state-of-the-art plasma-assisted deposition techniques involving high-power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) and plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) methods as well as chemical pathways such as hydrothermal growth, spray pyrolysis, doctor blading, and electrodeposition.

Required experiences:

  • At least two years of experience in photoelectrochemistry and electrochemistry of semiconductors for solar fuel production;
  • Chemical growth of nanostructures – hydrothermal method, electrochemical anodization, electrodeposition, doctor blading;
  • Surface chemistry – combination and coupling of various interactive heterogeneous partners (e.g. TiO2/carbon based materials, α-Fe2O3 / co-catalyst, multilayer assemblies, etc.);
  • Understanding of advanced methods and results of nanomaterials characterization (HRTEM, TEM, XPS, XRD, Raman spectroscopy, EPR, GI-XRD);

The applicant responsibilities:

  • Controlled synthesis of inorganic nanostructured materials (mainly TiO2; α-Fe2O3, WO3, BiVO4, etc.).
  • Preparation of the inorganic nanostructures (nanotubes, nano- and meso-porous structures, nanowires) by means of electrochemical anodization of magnetron sputtered metal and alloy films;
  • Synthesis/binding the counterparts towards hybrid nanostructures;
  • Complex, crystallinity, morphology, chemical, optical and surface characterization of the hybrid nanostructures;
  • Complex testing of photoinduced functionality of the prepared systems particularly by photoelectrochemistry and electrochemistry (J-V characteristics, carrier lifetimes, transient spectroscopy, IPCE, APCE, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, hydrogen evolution, etc.).

Relevant References:

  • S. Kment, F. Riboni, S. Pausova, L. Wang, L. Wang, H. Han, Z. Hubicka, J. Krysa, P. Schmuki, R. Zboril, “Photoanodes based on TiO2 and a-Fe2O3 for solar water splitting–superior role of 1D nanoarchitectures and of combined heterostructures”, Chem. Soc. Rev. (2017) DOI: 10.1039/C6CS00015K.
  • L. Wang, H. Hu, N. T. Nguyen, Y. Zhang, P. Schmuki, “Plasmon-induced hole-depletion layer on hematite nanoflake photoanodes for highly efficient solar water splitting”, Nano Energy 35 (2017) 171–178.
  • Kment, P. Schmuki, Z. Hubicka, R. Zboril, et al., “Photoanodes with fully controllable texture: the enhanced water splitting efficiency of thin hematite films exhibiting solely (110) crystal orientation”, ACS Nano, 9 (20015) 7113-7123.
  • H. Han, S. Kment, P. Schmuki, R. Zboril, et al., “ α-Fe2O3/TiO2 3D Hierarchical Nanostructures for enhanced photoelectrochemical water splitting”, NANOSCALE 9 (2017), 134-142.
  • Tucek, K. C. Kemp, K. S. Kim, R. Zboril, “Iron-oxide-supported nanocarbon in lithium-ion batteries, medical, catalytic and environmental applications”, ACS NANO, 8 (2014) 7571-7612.
  • Kment, P. Schmuki, E. Schubert, R. Zboril, “On the improvement of PEC activity of hematite thin films deposited by high-power pulsed magnetron sputtering method”, APPLIED CATALYSIS B: ENVIRONMENTAL, 165 (2015) 344-350.
  • Sivula, R. Zboril, F. Le Formal, R. Rosa, A. Weidenkaff, J. Tucek, J. Frydrych, M. Graetzel, “Photoelectrochemical water splitting with mesoporous hematite prepared by a solution-based colloidal approach”, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 132 (2010) 7436-7444.
  • Cesar, K. Sivula, A. kay, R. Zboril, M. Graetzel, “Influence of feature size, film thickness, and silicon doping on the performance of nanostructures hematite photoanodes for solar water splitting”, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 113 (2009) 772-782.
  • Frydrych, L. Machala, J. Tucek, K. Siskova, J. Filip, J. Pechousek, K. Safarova, M. Vondracek, J. H. Seo, O. Schneeweiss, M. Graetzel, K. Sivula, R. Zboril, “Facile fabrication of tin-doped hematite photoelectrodes – effect of doping on magnetic properties and performance for light-induced water splitting”, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY, 22 (2012) 23232-23239.
  • Lee, A. Mazare, P. Schmuki, “One-dimensional titanium dioxide nanomaterials: nanotubes”, CHEMICAL REVIEWS, 114 (2014)

Benefits:

We offer a stimulating environment, attractive salary, and a unique opportunity to join two well-known research groups with state of the art instrumentation including plasma-assisted deposition methods (HiPIMS, PECVD), cryoHRTEM, AFM, STM, SEM, SQUID, PPMS, XPS and advanced Raman spectroscopy, GDOES, in-field Mössbauer spectroscopy, NMR, fluorescence spectroscopy, and one of the best equipped electrochemical and photoelectrochemical laboratory in Europe.

Formal requirements:

PhD or equivalent in any field of Chemistry; good publication record, excellent oral and written English.

Research Fields:

Chemistry – Physical chemistry – Materials Science

Comment/web site for additional job details

Submit an application including a curriculum vitae and a list of publications to: radek.zboril@upol.cz, schmuki@ww.uni-erlangen.de, stepan.kment@upol.cz, alberto.naldoni@upol.cz. Arrange for a letter of recommendation to be sent directly to the same email addresses.

 Screening of applicants will resume immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview at RCPTM.


ERC POST-DOC POSITION IN THE FIELD OF

Applications of Graphene Derivatives

We announce the opening of a new postdoc position in the framework of the ERC consolidator project supervised by prof. Michal Otyepka for scientists experienced in the field of material/physical chemistry with focus on applications of graphene and its derivatives.

The research program:

The research work of the ERC project 2D-Chem focuses on interdisciplinary research aimed at understanding of reactivity of fluorographene and graphene derivatives, synthesis of new graphene derivatives by wet chemistry and complex chemical architecture based on graphene derivatives. The synthetized materials are thoroughly characterized and tested for advanced applications in electrochemical sensing, imaging, energy storage, catalysis etc. The applicant will become part of a young, focused, and motivated international team with excellent equipment (see www.rcptm.com).

The applicant responsibilities:

  • Screening and testing of prepared graphene derivatives and their hybrids materials for (e.g., sensing, catalytical, or energy storage, etc.) applications
  • Identification/design of suitable materials for multi-readout sensor applications
  • Feedback for targeted synthesis of graphene derivatives, optimization of graphene derivatives
  • Cooperation with theoreticians and synthetics
  • Manuscript writing

Five Relevant References in the Field

  • Bakandritsos A, Pykal M, Blonski P, Jakubec P, Chronopoulos DD, Poláková K, Georgakilas V, Cepe K, Tomanec O, Ranc V, Bourlinos AB, Zbořil R, Otyepka M: Cyanographene and Graphene Acid – Emerging Derivatives Enabling High-Yield and Selective Functionalization of Graphene. ACS Nano, 11(3), 2982–2991, 2017.
  • Chronopoulos DD, Bakandritsos A, Lazar P, Pykal M, Čépe K, Zbořil R, Otyepka M: High-Yield Alkylation and Arylation of Graphene via Grignard Reaction with Fluorographene. Chem. Mater., 29(3), 926–930, 2017.
  • Urbanová V, Holá K, Bourlinos AB, Čépe K, Ambrosi A, Loo AH, Pumera M, Karlický F, Otyepka M, Zbořil R: Thiofluorographene-Hydrophilic Graphene Derivative with Semiconducting and Genosensing Properties. Adv. Mater., 27(14), 2305-2310, 2015.
  • Georgakilas V, Otyepka M, Bourlinos AB, Chandra V, Kim N, Kemp KC, Hobza P, Zbořil R, Kim KS: Functionalization of Graphene: Covalent and Non-Covalent Approaches, Derivatives and Applications. Chemical Reviews, 112(11), 6156–6214, 2012.
  • Tuček J, Holá K, Bourlinos AB, Blonski P, Bakandritsos A, Ugolotti J, Dubecký M, Karlický F, Ranc V, Cepe K, Otyepka M, Zbořil R: Room temperature organic magnets derived from sp3 functionalized graphene. Nat. Commun., 8, 14525, 2017.

Formal requirements:

PhD or equivalent in any field of Chemistry or Material Science; good publication record in top ranked journals, excellent oral and written English; experience in physical/chemical properties of nanomaterials and in applications of nanomaterials.

Submit an application including a curriculum vitae and a list of publications to: 2dchem @ upol.cz. Letters of recommendation shall be sent directly to the same email addresses. Clearly indicate the position, which you are applying for.

The applications are considered till June 15, 2017.

Screening of applicants will resume immediately. Selected applicants will be invited for an oral/Skype interview, typically within 2/3 weeks upon application submission. We apologize but due to the number of applications the scientific committee screens we are not able to respond to all applicants who did not qualify for the oral interview. Thank you for your understanding.