Designing & building micro-reactors for operando / in-situ Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, and electron microscopy measurements under electrochemical reaction conditions. Materials of interest include Co, Ni, and Fe oxides as well as their mixtures in alkaline aqueous solutions. These are potentially important energy storage materials for 'hydrogen economy' that can be an alternative to currently prevalent 'oil economy'.
PhD position in designing new methods with UHV-AFM that can provide chemical sensitivity from surfaces. The method relies on distinguishing vdW and electrostatic forces, as well retarded non non-retarded regimes in vdW interactions (Kasimir interactions). Your routine work will including handling UHV equipment, AFM in non-contact mode, Labview and Python coding.
You will be working on the interaction between water and alcohol molecules on surfaces using a variety of characterization techniques, such as infrared spectroscopy, x-ray absorption spectroscopy and scanning probe microscopies. Such studies are relevant for understanding hydrogen bonding and hydrogen exchange between molecules, as well as clustering of water and methanol molecules. They are also important for understanding the steam reforming of methanol to produce hydrogen.