PhD Chemistry of Triboelectric Materials and Fluorinated Polymers

The Cluster of Excellence livMatS develops completely novel, bioinspired materials systems that adapt autonomously to various environments and harvest clean energy from their surroundings. The intention of these purely technical – yet in a behavioral sense quasi-living – materials systems is to meet the demands of humans with regard to pioneering environmental and energy technologies. The societal relevance of autonomous systems and their sustainability will thus play an important role in their development. The research program of livMatS is characterized by highly interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers from a broad range of fields including engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, psychology, the humanities, and sustainability sciences.

The livMats Cluster of Excellence is offering the following PhD position for the project:

Chemistry of triboelectric materials / fluorinated polymers

Envisage starting date is January, 1st, 2023

Project description
The triboelectric effect can be used to power a functional materials system by harvesting mechanical energy from its surroundings. This project aims to develop a unique material pair for use in a triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG) for use in smart materials, rechargeable wearables and decentralized energy generation. The material pair in question are porous highly-fluorinated materials which are based on the unique Fluoropor Technology developed within the cluster. The second material investigated will be room-temperature liquid metals based on Gallium alloys. By harnessing the state-of-the-art 3D Printing capabilities of the clusters, small, integrated TENGs will be developed and assessed with the aim of providing this novel material design concept for integration of energy harvesting into a living materials system. The thesis will be part of an interdisciplinary research team which provides a holistic view on this emerging field in energy generation.

Candidate profile
You have a Master’s degree in chemistry, materials science or related subjects and profound knowledge of material chemistry. Experience in photochemical Additive Manufacturing such as, e.g., stereolithography and related 3D Printing techniques is beneficial. In-depth knowledge in organic chemistry and, more precisely, macromolecular chemistry is required. You should have an eexcellent academic track record, should have eexcellent English language skills both in reading and writing and should be be a team player with ambitions. You should be interested in working in an inspiring interdisciplinary and young team with great emphasis on publications and publicity. Depending on the performance of the candidate the PhD degree is generally finished within three years and thus, a hard-working and dedicated personality is a prerequisite.

Please hand in:
• Letter of intent detailing why you are interested in this specific project and how your previous research qualifies you for the project (up to 1,500 words)
• Curriculum Vitae with list of publications (if applicable)
• Certified copies of your university degree(s) with grades (BA and MA certificate / Diploma certificate and transcript)
• Short summary of your master’s thesis (up to 1,000 words)
• Work sample (chapter from recent thesis or journal article, up to 5,000 words)
• Suggestion of two referees with contact details

Your documents will not be returned after the application process. For this reason, please submit copies only. This position is limited to 36 months. The salary will be determined in accordance with TV-L E13. We are particularly pleased to receive applications from women for the position advertised here.

Please send your application in English including supporting documents mentioned above citing the reference number 00002427, Application deadline is October 28 2022. Application is to be emailed as ONE SINGLE PDF FILE to positions@livmats.uni-freiburg.de.

Direct all scientific questions about the project to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bastian E. Rapp