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Joint PhD with University of Bayreuth: Control of Excitons in Single Polymer Chains


Project Description

The distribution of conjugation lengths with a conjugate polymer chain gives rise to a distribution of absorption and emission wavelengths. Excitons formed within a conjugated polymer following electronic excitation can relocate along and between polymer chains from high energy, short to low energy, long conjugation length segments. The distribution of conjugation lengths can be influenced by stretching the polymer chain, which we aim to do via various approaches and thereby control the fate of the excitons produced by light absorption, and employ single molecule microspectroscopy methods to probe the steadystate and time-resolved emission properties under these stretched conditions. Nanofabricated structures will be fabricated and conjugated polymers will be studied in using single molecule spectroscopic techniques in both Melbourne and Bayreuth working with Prof. Jürgen Köhler. We are seeking an Australian student to work on this project as part of a joint PhD with the University of Bayreuth. The successful student will spend a minimum of 12 months at Bayreuth. Knowledge of German is not essential but useful. Students with an interest in laser spectroscopy and/or single molecule spectroscopy are sought.

Selection Criteria

ESSENTIAL
➢ MSc or equivalent in microscopy and/or laser optics;
➢ Excellent written and oral communication skills;
➢ Demonstrated organisational skills, time management and ability to work to priorities;
➢ Demonstrated problem solving abilities;
➢ The ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

DESIRABLE
➢ Experience in optical instrumentation, spectroscopy, chemical synthesis and purification.

Funding Notes

The Universities of Melbourne and Bayreuth have created a new, joint PhD program. Students from each University spend a minimum of 12 months at the partner University and submit a PhD thesis at each location. Students need to be Australian residents and have an undergraduate mark equivalent to those required for an APA. The project listed above is supported through the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science (ACEx).

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