PhD Scholarship in Wwsc Photonic Nanocellulose Materials

KTH Royal Institute of Technology is offering PhD position in wood science. The funds for this fellowship are available for two years. This position is closed on January 16, 2019.

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe's leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden's largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

Wallenberg Wood Science Center (WWSC) is a research center which started in 2009 and is funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation. WWSC is a multidisciplinary collaboration between Chalmers, KTH and Linkping University striving for scientific excellence, and the overall aim is to develop new materials from trees. The mission of the center is to create knowledge and competence as a basis for eco-friendly materials for the future.

The unique brilliant structural colours found in natural creatures are generated from light interference in the nanoscale periodic multilayer structures on their surfaces. By mimicking such nanostructures in nature, new materials with responsive structural colours by external physical or chemical stimuli have been successfully generated. Relevant applications are reflective coatings, colour pigments, and optical sensors. The goal of the project is to understand the self-assembly process of cellulose nanocrystals to photonic nanostructures, and to design and fabricate novel responsive photonic materials thereof.

The required competence should be based on a solid knowledge in surface and colloidal chemistry, materials/polymer chemistry, and optical physics as applied to biomaterials such as fibres and cellulose systems. Appropriate background for this position is a Master’s degree in polymer technology, materials science and engineering, physical chemistry or the equivalent. To be able to design new systems with improved performance, the applicant should have a good insight in natural photonic structures. The applicant should be able to tailor the surface chemistry of cellulose nanocrystals, and design the self-assembly process for the fabrication of new materials. The understanding of the structure-property relationship of the materials is essential and a wide range of characterization tools will be used, particularly, optical properties will be studied in collaboration with the materials optics group at Linkping University.

In order to succeed as an doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work.

Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle studies may be employed as a doctoral student. The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year and may thereafter be extended. Doctoral students may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Apply for the position and admission through KTH’s recruitment system. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement.

Applications must be received at the last closing date at midnight, CET/CEST (Central European Time/entral European Summer Time).


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