About the Project
This project will be based on using scanning probe microscopy to identify monomer units in successively more complex structures: individual monomers, single-constituent oligomers, and finally multi-constituent oligomers and polymers. Once the molecular recognition framework has been established, sequences produced from these building blocks by known wet-lab methods will be deposited onto the surface, either by direct in-vacuum evaporation, or by ex-situ preparation techniques. The results from these experiments can be supported by a wide range of less “local” techniques such as mass spectrometry, photoelectron spectroscopy, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry. The outcome of this project will be a new approach to visualization of polymers at the monomer level.
The candidate will become a member of the brand new QUT Centre for Material Science. The centre provides a collaborative environment for curiosity-driven materials research and innovation focusing on outstanding research strengths in:
-soft matter materials
-hard condensed matter materials
-computation, prediction and modelling
-analytical technique development.
The Centre is fostering a supportive environment for PhD students and early career researchers, and aims to build a diverse and collegial group of researchers dedicated on pushing the barriers in material science. https://www.qut.edu.au/research/centre-for-materials-science
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