PhD-student Energy-selective plasmonic nanoreactors

Date posted July 1, 2021
Type PhD positions

Energy-selective plasmonic nanoreactors

We have recently demonstrated the ability control the product in a model reaction by altering the illumination wavelength in a single particle plasmonic nanoreactor. The same setup also allows for in situ spectroscopic tracking of the reaction to understand the mechanism and measure the reaction kinetics. This project will apply the energy-selective plasmonic nanoreactor platform to more challenging and industrially relevant chemical reactions, with the ultimate goal of reducing CO2 to make high value chemicals and fuels. The plasmonic nanoreactor will be explored for both photo and electrocatalysis. This project is part of a larger theme within the Advanced Research Center Chemical Building Blocks Consortium (ARC-CBBC) focused on the conversion of CO2 to chemical building blocks using photons and electrons and in this context the PhD student will collaborate with students focused on electrocatalysis and ultrafast spectroscopy hosted in Leiden, Delft and Twente.  

About the group

The Nanoscale Solar Cells group synthesizes advanced metal and semiconducting nanostructures, characterizes their material properties and integrates them into novel device structures with the aim of improving our fundamental understanding of light absorption, charge separation, recombination and transport at the nanometer scale. It has developed a world-class single particle spectroscopy setup capable of driving and monitoring chemistry using light in energy-selective plasmonic nanoreactors that will be at the heart of this project. 


The applicant should have a bachelor’s and master’s degree in chemistry, physics, materials science or a relevant engineering discipline. The MSc-degree is a requirement to be eligible for a Dutch PhD examination. 

Terms of employment

The position is intended as full-time (40 hours / week, 12 months / year) appointment in the service of the Netherlands Foundation of Scientific Research Institutes (NWO-I) for the duration of four years, with a starting salary of gross € 2,441 per month and a range of employment benefits. After successful completion of the PhD research a PhD degree will be granted at the University of Amsterdam. Several courses are offered, specially developed for PhD-students. AMOLF assists any new foreign PhD-student with housing and visa applications and compensates their transport costs and furnishing expenses.

Contact info

Prof.dr. Erik Garnett
Group leader Nanoscale Solar Cells
Phone: +31 (0)20-754 7100

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