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Toward a new generation of photo and electro-active inorganic/organic nanohybrids: from design to applications

Background

The research will focus on the design of novel inorganic/organic hybrids, where the synergistic effect between nanofillers with a suitable hosting matrix will allow the preparation of a new generation of photoactive or electro-catalytic materials for different applications (depending on the final designed system), in particular in:

1) Photocatalysis (project 1)

2) Photovoltaic devices (project 2)

3) Electrochemistry (HER, ORR, etc)

All projects will cover all the fundamental aspects of research in nanotechnology, ranging from the design of ideal hybrids, their synthesis and characterization, till applications and performances refining steps. Within the research project, the PhD candidate(s) will obtain and/or strengthen skills on preparation of novel nanosized materials and related characterization techniques (classical and advanced), e.g. X-rays diffraction (XRD), transmission and scanning electron microscopy (TEM and SEM), Raman, FT-IR and UV-vis and Fluorescence spectroscopy.

Dr Giordano’s group has a long-lasting experience in designing tailored strategies for the synthesis of nanoparticles, advanced nanomaterials and hierarchical structures - for more information, see Giordano’s profile page.

Furthermore, the group is part of the Material Research Institute of the QMUL, which represent the ideal platform for dedicated studies on advanced materials, both in terms of equipment and research expertise.

The project will be then developed in a multidisciplinary environment and will also be partly accomplished in collaboration with established international research groups, with great expertise in photo-catalysis.

Funding

The potential candidate(s) will apply with Dr Giordano’s support to the China Scholarship Council program, which, in case of success, will cover fees and stipend up to 48 months.

To apply, please email Dr Giordano your motivation letter describing your interest in performing this project in our research group and your complete CV, including two reference names. Early applications are strongly encouraged.

References

  • Lei W.W., Willinger M.G., Antonietti M., Giordano C, “GaN and GaxIn1-xN nanoparticles with tuneable indium content: synthesis and characterization”, Chemistry: Chem. Eur. J. 2015, doi:10.1002/chem.201502875
    Liang Ma, Rui Lin Louisa, Valerio Molinari, Cristina Giordano, and Boon Siang Yeo. “Hydrogen Evolution Reaction by Molybdenum Carbide and Molybdenum Nitride Nanocatalysts Synthesized via a Urea-Glass Route”, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2015, 3, 8361
  • Skorupska A. K., Giordano C., Gao Q.S., Lewerenz H.J., Ramirez-Caro A., Kulesza P.; Żołądek S., Fiechter S. Semiconducting Ta3N5-polymer Nanohybrid that Photoelectrolyze Water, ECS Transactions, 58, 30, 1-7, 2014
  • Schliehe C., Giordano C., “Bottom-up Synthesis of Zn1.7GeN1.8O Nanoparticles for Photocatalytic applications”, Nanoscale, 5, 3235-3239, 2013
  • Lei W.W., Willinger M.G., Antonietti M., Giordano C, “GaN and GaxIn1-xN nanoparticles with tuneable indium content: synthesis and characterization”, Chemistry: Chem. Eur. J. 2015, doi:10.1002/chem.201502875
    Liang Ma, Rui Lin Louisa, Valerio Molinari, Cristina Giordano, and Boon Siang Yeo. “Hydrogen Evolution Reaction by Molybdenum Carbide and Molybdenum Nitride Nanocatalysts Synthesized via a Urea-Glass Route”, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2015, 3, 8361
  • Skorupska A. K., Giordano C., Gao Q.S., Lewerenz H.J., Ramirez-Caro A., Kulesza P.; Żołądek S., Fiechter S. Semiconducting Ta3N5-polymer Nanohybrid that Photoelectrolyze Water, ECS Transactions, 58, 30, 1-7, 2014
  • Schliehe C., Giordano C., “Bottom-up Synthesis of Zn1.7GeN1.8O Nanoparticles for Photocatalytic applications”, Nanoscale, 5, 3235-3239, 2013
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