PhD Scholarship in Hybrid Organic/Inorganic Nanoparticles for Luminescent Solar Concentrators

Study Area(s): Science
Scholarship Level: Doctoral; Postgraduate
Closing Date(s): 30 September 2019
Tenure: Three years
Number offered: One
Value: $27,500 per annum for stipend, plus $7,500 per annum contribution to tuition fees

Description

This scholarship is for students with a strong chemistry and potentially physics background with an interest in the development of new optically active materials for renewable energy systems. The students will:

  • combine organic and inorganic chromophores into hybrid organic/inorganic light - harvesting chromophores.
  • create large superstructures of hybrid chromophores through simple coupling reactions.
  • create large superstructures of hybrid chromophores through simple coupling reactions.
  • study the fundamental photo-physical interactions between different components within our system; this could be organic-organic, organic-inorganic and inorganic-inorganic interactions.
  • optimise the energy transfer interactions between our components, ensuring efficient energy transfer leading to the creation of hybrid chromophore structures with minimal reabsorption.
  • incorporate these chromophores into functioning state-of-the-art LSCs.

History

This PhD Scholarship is funded by the Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenge, a multi-million dollar Government investment whose mission is to grow a high-tech New Zealand economy via the physical sciences and engineering.

The project aims to create a new generation of hybrid organic/inorganic light-harvesting chromophores with minimal reabsorption losses for luminescent solar concentrators. Light-harvesting antenna complexes found in nature are very efficient (minimum reabsorption) but complex. We aim to make biomimetic chromophores that reproduce the efficiencies seen in nature but in simpler structures.  This project will investigate the chemical and physical interactions between linked organic and inorganic chromophores. These systems will have a wide range of applications across optoelectronics and offer the potential to change the future energy landscape of New Zealand.

Eligibility

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree and have obtained an Honours or Masters degree from a reputable university, with a chemistry major and preferably physics (but not necessarily).

Applicants will be assessed based on their grades, research output, laboratory experience and skill, overall academic performance and potential skype interview.

Criteria

  • Applicants must be intending to do a PhD in either Chemistry or Physics at Victoria University of Wellington.
  • Applicants must have an undergraduate degree and have obtained an Honours or Masters degree from a reputable university, with a chemistry major and preferably physics (but not necessarily).

Application process

Applicants are required to submit the specific documentation outlined below, if they wish to be considered for this scholarship. Please send all documents to Dr Nathaniel Davis: nathaniel.davis@vuw.ac.nz

Scholarship specific documentation

  • A CV
  • A cover letter
  • Three references (to be requested via the online application)

Selection process

The successful recipient will be selected by Dr Nathaniel Davis.

Additional information

For more information please email: nathaniel.davis@vuw.ac.nz

Contact

Scholarships and PhD Admissions Office
scholarships-office@vuw.ac.nz
pg-research@vuw.ac.nz
summer-research@vuw.ac.nz
Phone +64 463 5557