This interdisciplinary PhD project combines chemistry, material sciences, biology and X-ray diffraction and scattering studies. The aim is to apply electrospinning technology to design smart and responsive nanofibers with incorporated liquid crystalline particles, mesosomes. SAXS and XRD studies will be extensively used for structural analysis of nanoparticles in polymeric environments. The project will lead to fabrication of new functional biomimetic membranes with enhanced drug delivery properties. Synergies with microscopy methods such as TEM and other X-ray based methods such as X-ray µ-Computed Tomography (µ-CT) or Phase Contrast Imaging (XPCI) will be used.
We offer a challenging position at a materials research institution with outstanding infrastructure and an interdisciplinary surrounding. You can expect significant support and guidance from established scientists during the whole of your project. Project duration of 3 years is planned in order to carry out the above research tasks. The project is supported by Empa and EU, and the candidate will perform his/her research at Empa in St. Gallen. Desired starting date is 1st of March 2018 or upon mutual agreement.