Single semiconductor NW electro-chemical growth with scanning probe nanolithography

Date posted November 15, 2017
Type Postdoc positions

Semiconductor nanowires (NWs) are filamentary dielectric crystals with diameters of the order of few tenths to hundreds of nanometers. NWs have recently shown great potential for achieving highly efficient solar energy conversion due to their sub-wavelength features and intrinsic light management properties. A major breakthrough in the field will be to create NW solar cells by using solution-based methods with high positioning, morphology and crystal quality control. In this work, the control is aimed by using an electrochemical atomic force microscope, where the tip rules the local electrocrystallisation of semiconductors.

About the group

The ultimate goal of theĀ 3D Photovoltaics group is to impact on solar energy harvesting and conversion and to push the frontier of nano-PV by aiming towards the achievement of low-cost / large-throughput highly efficient PV, with semiconductor nanowires as building blocks. The group focuses on the fundamental understanding of the potential benefits and/or limitations of semiconductor nano-structures when used for solar energy conversion. Non-traditional conversion principles enabled by the nanowire geometry are explored, that includes smart absorption of the solar spectrum. In parallel, we work on the fundamental development of cost-effective methods for large-throughput PV panel production.


You hold or will receive a PhD degree in experimental materials science, or chemistry. Good verbal and written communication skills in English are required.

Terms of employment

The position is intended as full-time (40 hours / week, 12 months / year) appointment in the Netherlands Foundation of Scientific Research Institutes (NWO-I) for the duration of 2 years, optional contract extension to 3 years total. AMOLF assists any new postdoc with housing and visa applications and compensates their transport costs.

Contact info

Dr. Esther Alarcon-Llado
Group leader 3D Photovoltaics
Phone: +31 (0)20-754 7100

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