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Development of new materials for energy related applications (1 position)

School in Science and Technology of Chemistry and Materials - Nanochemistry Curriculum

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Prof L Manna , Dr L De Trizio No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Tutors: Liberato Manna, Luca de Trizio

The recent need to replace fossil fuels with alternative energy sources is motivating the scientific research to develop new “smart materials” that can be used either for the production of “green fuels” or to convert renewable energy sources (for example sunlight) into electricity.

Colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals (NCs) have been shown as promising materials for low-cost and high efficiency solar cells and LED devices thanks to their unique properties as well as simple and safe solution phase syntheses. Also, the optical properties of colloidal NCs can be finely tuned to match the required standards, and the NCs, in the form of inks (i.e. dispersion of NCs in a desired solvent) can be readily employed in low cost ink-jet processes for the fabrication of devices.

This research activity will be first focused in the synthesis of nanocrystals, including for example metal halide perovskites, metal chalcogenides, pnictides and chalcohalides. Such materials will be engineered in order to optimize their optical and electrical properties. Possible strategies include the doping of NCs with transition metal cations or the formation of alloyed NC structures via direct synthesis or ion exchange procedures. Also, will be paid great attention to the characterization of the surface of colloidal NCs.


The ideal candidate must have a Master Degree in one of the following areas: Material Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Physics.

For further details concerning the research theme, please contact: [Email Address Removed], [Email Address Removed]

For administrative queries, please contact: [Email Address Removed]

Details regarding the course Curriculum: NANOCHEMISTRY (CODE 8249) page 94 https://unige.it/sites/contenuti.unige.it/files/documents/appendix_a_36.pdf

Details on admission Requirements, Admission Procedures, applications, Schedule and contents of the application at https://unige.it/sites/contenuti.unige.it/files/documents/bando_36_english.pdf

Funding Notes

The Phd duration is 3-years, the annual gross amount of the grant, including social security expenses to be paid by the recipient, is € 16.500,00.
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