KIT is one of the biggest research institutions worldwide and has access to state-of-the art research facilities resulting from the merger of the National Research Centre of the Helmholtz Association and the former Technical University. The “Nanophotonics for Energy” department was established in 2014 within the Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT) and the Light Technology Institute (LTI). As a PhD candidate you will be responsible to work on a research project within a newly established collaborative programme within KIT called NanoMembrane, which is led by Prof. Andrea Schäfer at the Institute for Functional Interfaces (IFG). The PhD positions will be jointly supervised programme between IMT and IFG.
The topic of the PhD project is “Sunlight driven generation of active oxygen via membrane anchored organic photosensitizers”. Organic photosensitizers possess strong absorption in the visible range of optical spectra and thus can generate active (singlet) oxygen by irradiation with sunlight. This project brings together organic and photochemistry expertise from Dr. Turshatov (group leader at IMT) together with membrane expertise from Prof. Schäfer (IFG).
The PhD project will be largely experimental and will begin with an identification of a set of research questions based on detailed literature survey. Subsequently, development of a research plan and timetable for the 3 year research project, and set-up of required equipment and development of relevant analytical methods will follow. Execution of the research plan through conducting of experiments, sample and data analysis and write up of results for scientific publication are part of the PhD process – a journey to become an independent researcher.
In addition, cooperation with internal and external partners, bachelor and master student supervision, oral presentations and contribution to teaching are part of the candidate responsibilities. Travel and research funding is sought from national and international funding bodies.