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Tailoring metallic nanoparticles for specific plasmonic enhancement


Department of Biophysical Chemistry

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Mrs Vladimíra Petráková No more applications being accepted Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
Prague Czech Republic Physical Chemistry Synthetic Chemistry

About the Project

We offer fully funded PhD position at Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry, Prague, Czech Republic starting in September 2021. The position is part of a five-year project developing a new method for spatial manipulation of light at the nanoscale by assembly of plasmonic nanostructures. We aim to use this method to advance visualization of densely packed biomolecules and their dynamics.

PhD student will be working on assembly of plasmonic nanoparticles and fluorophores using DNA origami and on tailoring metallic nanoparticles for specific plasmonic enhancement. The focus of the work will be on assembly of plasmonic nanoparticles and fluorescent nanoparticles using DNA origami. Metal nanostructures are capable of massive enhancements of optical response, which arise from collective electromagnetic resonances called plasmons. The PhD work will consist of characterization of plasmon resonance (bulk and single particle) of metallic nanoparticles, DNA functionalization of plasmonic nanoparticles and optimization of the process of their self-assembly to desired orientation. Developed assemblies will serve to study spatial manipulation of light by plasmons. The candidate will choose one of the Ph.D. programs at University of Chemistry and Technology or at Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic.

We expect the candidate will hold a Master degree (or equivalent) in life sciences, chemistry, physics, or engineering before assuming the position. An ideal candidate should be curious and enthusiastic to learn about nanoparticle assembly. We value self-motivation and the ability to think independently. Good communication and time management skills are vital. Previous experience with nanoparticles, self-assembly, or microscopy techniques is an advantage.

If interested, please send your CV and motivation letter to [Email Address Removed] before March 15, 2021. For questions, please,contact Vladimíra Petráková [Email Address Removed].

Please, write in the subject line of your email SC2021_03.

Details of the PhD topic:

Tailoring metallic nanoparticles for specific plasmonic enhancement

The focus of the work will be on assembly of plasmonic nanoparticles and fluorescent nanoparticles using DNA origami. Metal nanostructures are capable of massive enhancements of optical response, which arise from collective electromagnetic resonances called plasmons. The PhD work will consist of characterization of plasmon resonance (bulk and single particle) of metallic nanoparticles, DNA functionalization of plasmonic nanoparticles and optimization of the process of their self-assembly to desired orientation. Developed assemblies will serve to study spatial manipulation of light by plasmons.

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