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PhD Position – Surface Chemistry / Organic Nanostructures

Project: We are looking for a motivated and talented PhD candidate to join our project on covalent organic nanostructures at the earliest possible date. Surface-supported covalent organic nanostructures have become a topic of intense research. So far graphene is the only truly two-dimensional material discovered, featuring many exciting and exotic properties similarly appealing for both applications and basic research. However, the structure of graphene and thus its properties are mostly predefined. The aim of the project is to explore the potential of bottom-up strategies for the fabrication of two-dimensional materials by surface confined polymerization of organic monomers. Different chemical reactions as for instance Ullmann coupling are applied for the polymerization.

The main tasks comprise studies of the influence of controllable reaction parameters on the network quality, design of suitable monomers in collaboration with organic chemists, and development of new methods to initiate and control the on-surface polymerization. Most of the experimental work and the sample preparation are carried out under ultra-high vacuum conditions. The resulting organic nanostructures are characterized in-situ mainly by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy, augmented by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Low Energy Electron Diffraction.

Requirements: The successful candidate will be eager to understand and optimize processes and reactions at the molecular level. She or he should combine a passion for experimental work with a thoughtful work style and enjoy working in a team. She or he holds a Masters/Diploma degree in physics, chemistry or related fields. Ideally, previous experience with ultra-high vacuum, scanning-tunneling microscopy, or surface science would enable a quick project start.

Group: Dr. Markus Lackinger, Technische Universität München & Deutsches Museum

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