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Design of nanomaterials/nanostructures and photonic cavities for light-matter interaction

   Department for Optoelectronics

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About the Project


IIT scholarship for PhD position available at the Università degli studi di Genova

A stepping-stone in your research career.

Istituto italiano di tecnologia - IIT - gives graduate students the opportunity to earn a doctoral degree by making good use of its state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities. All our supervisors have an international standing, interdisciplinarity is the rule and the environment is international; in short, if you want a challenging, but rewarding start for a career in research, we are here for you. 

IIT is not a degree-awarding body though.  

PhD students are registered at Università degli studi di Genova with which IIT has agreement and which awards the degree, and IIT provides the research environment and finances the bursaries that the University will eventually award to the students, after a public selection process. 

Research thematic description:

In this PhD project we will investigate and possibly control the interaction between optically active nanomaterials, such as colloidal quantum dots and two-dimensional materials, with plasmonic and photonic cavities. Interesting light emitters or absorbers in this respect are for example semiconductor nanocrystals, layered metal halide perovskites, and transition-metal dichalcogenides. These materials will be coupled with optical resonators such as photonic and plasmonic nanocavities that can be obtained by nanofabrication and/or self-assembly. Metal-Insulator cavities constitute one possible photonic system that we extensively investigated in the past, and which provides interesting opportunities for the design of integrated photonic devices. The experimental work in this project will include nanofabrication in the clean room, optical characterization such as time resolved photoluminescence and spectroscopic ellipsometry, scanning probe spectroscopies, and possibly electrical studies. Modeling the systems with finite elements methods can be a useful addition. This interdisciplinary research project is therefore at the interface between physical chemistry, material science and photonics, with a strong emphasis on nanofabrication, optoelectronic characterization, and design of proof-of-concept devices.


The ideal candidate should have a Master Degree in Physics, Material Science, Engineering, or Chemistry. Experience in optical characterization and/or nanofabrication in clean room facilities, as well as in photonic devices is a plus.  

Top apply click here  https://unige.it/en/usg/en/phd-programmes and choose PhD Course in Science and Technology of Chemistry and Materials, curriculum "Nanochemistry" (Code 9308) from the list of PhD programmes https://unige.it/sites/contenuti.unige.it/files/documents/ALLEGATO_A_XXXVIII%20-%20EN.pdf – see page 99  Curriculum: NANOCHEMISTRY (CODE 9308) for the Course: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY OF CHEMISTRY AND MATERIALS

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