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PhD Tailoring physical properties by controlled single crystal disorder
Properties​ ​of​ many ​materials​ ​can​ ​be​ ​improved​ ​by​ ​adding​ ​disorder. Disorder​ ​in​ ​this​ ​context​ ​means​ ​that​ ​on​ ​atomic​ ​level​ ​the​ ​structures​ ​of​ ​such​ ​materials​ ​are​ ​not​ ​ideal:​ ​some​ ​of the​ ​atoms​ ​or​ ​molecules​ ​might​ ​be​ ​replaced​ ​by​ ​different​ ​species,​ ​other​ ​might​ ​even​ ​be​ ​absent.​ ​For​ ​instance​ ​in novel​ ​organic-inorganic​ ​solar​ ​cells​ ​molecular​ ​disorder​ ​improves​ ​their​ ​quantum​ ​efficiency.

Chemists successfully​ use ​this​ ​pathway​ ​by​ ​controlling​ ​the​ ​​number​ ​​of​ ​defects​ ​in​ ​their​ ​structures, however up until now controlling the distribution of the defects was not feasible. Recently we have developed a method called the Three Dimensional Difference Pair Distribution Function (​3D-ΔPDF), which allows to measure defect distribution in disordered single crystals. In this project we will use this method to control the defects in the family of Prussian Blue analogues materials, in order to improve their properties.
We welcome highly motivated candidates with a master or equivalent degree in physics, chemistry, materials science or equivalent relevant background. The successful candidate should have experience in working in chemistry lab and know the basics of diffraction. Programming skills are a plus. The starting date of this position is October 2019 or under agreement.
We look forward to receiving your online application including a letter of motivation, CV, transcripts/diploma and contact details of 2 referees. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

For further questions regarding the position please contact Dr Arkadiy Simonov by email arkadiy.simonov@mat.ethz.ch.