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Open Positions

PhD position in studying multi electron catalytic reactions with time-resolved spectroscopy

Subject description

This project is addressing our need for sustainable, environmentally friendly, efficient, long-living, and scalable systems for solar energy harvesting and storage. Energetic chemical reactions such as CO2 to methanol or N2 to ammonia are an excellent way to store energy that potentially can even be employed in a decentralized approach. Many useful reactions require multiple electrons to proceed. Solving the challenge to create such catalytic systems that can be activated with light is the vision of this project.

We study and optimise the dynamical processes that govern the activation and catalytic activity at the reaction centers using time-resolved spectroscopic methods. A focus of our group lays in the combination of optical spectroscopy with steady-state and time-resolved x-ray spectroscopy. The element selectivity of x-ray spectroscopy can isolate the dynamics in specific regions/atoms of complex assemblies, and can e.g. in the case of the reaction center offer a unique view on complex processes.

Our light activated reaction centers are part of a complex molecule synthesized by our collaborators or of a nanostructure assemblies synthesized at NanoLund (, of which we are a part. Based upon this knowledge we optimize charge generation, transfer and chemical reactions with the aim to create novel environmentally friendly, efficient, long-living, and scalable light-activated catalytic systems. 

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Research Positions

Postdoc in single molecule spectroscopy group of Ivan Scheblykin  (1+1 year) is available.
The general direction of the project is to utilize luminescence micro-spectroscopy of different kinds (single molecule/nanocrystals spectroscopy at room and cryogenic temperatures, polarization luminescence microscopy (2DPOLIM technique), super-resolution microscopy (including STED), photon correlation experiments and so on) to study different types of semiconductors from conjugated polymers to metal-halide perovskites.

Starting date: as soon as possible.
The candidate should have a good publication record and a strong background in optical spectroscopy (especially in luminescence spectroscopy) of organic/inorganic semiconductors and preferably in single molecule spectroscopy. Previous experience with cryogenic measurements is a plus.
Deep understating of fundamentals of light-induces processes in molecules and solids is required. We do not use standard fluorescence microscopes, that is why excellent experimental (ability to design and built your own unique experimental setup) and programming skills (Mathlab, Python, Labview) are expected.
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Master/Bachelor Projects

We are always seeking motivated students to undertake master/bachelor projects in our labs. Currently advertised positions can be found on the master/bachelor project page. Alternatively, please contact individual group leaders if you are interested in undertaking a project with us.