Apr 17, 2019

[NMR] PhD position at University of Lille - Solid-state NMR of optoelectronic materials #DNPNMR

University of Lille invites applications for a 3-year PhD position in the area of solid-state NMR of optoelectronic materials. The research project, funded by the University of Lille and the region Haute-de-France, will start from 1 October 2019. PhD student will be supervised by Dr. Manjunatha Reddy in close collaboration with Dr. Laurent Delevoye and Prof. Olivier Lafon at the Department of Chemistry, Solid-State Chemistry Division.

Send your application as a single pdf containing cover letter, CV and references, and transcripts directly to gnm.reddy@univ-lille.fr ; laurent.delevoye@univ-lille.fr ; olivier.lafon@univ-lille.fr before 31 May 2019. To be considered for this PhD positon the applicant must have (i) completed Master’s degree in Chemistry, Physics or Material Science by August 2019, (ii) experience in synthesis of hybrid materials into thin films and analyses by surface and bulk characterization techniques, and (iii) excellent communication skills in English. Proficiency in French language is a plus but not obligatory. For informal queries about the position please contact gnm.reddy@univ-lille.fr

Research project and objectives: The quest for developing high-performance materials for optoelectronics applications is growing faster than ever. Last decade has seen a spike in the development of π-conjugated materials and hybrid perovskite halides as low-cost and efficient solar absorbers, enabling power conversion efficiencies over 15% and 23%, respectively. Such advancements in material syntheses necessitate the requirement for in-depth analyses of reactive heterogeneous surfaces and interfaces, particularly at high sensitivity and resolution. The objectives of this project are to develop and acquire deep new understandings of structure-function relationships in optoelectronic materials. Notably, low-dimensional hybrid perovskite halides will be synthesized in the form of layered structures by incorporating organic and inorganic building blocks. The key is to combine solvothermal synthesis with in situ or ex situ solid-state NMR characterization techniques so as to gai!
n insight into the evolution of molecular order at organic-inorganic interfaces. Complementary information on the material compositions and structures will be obtained by X-ray and neutron scattering techniques, surface probes (electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) and depth profiling using secondary-ion mass spectrometry (SIMS). All of these fundamental understandings will be used to rationalize the material design in order to augment the stability, performance and propensity towards enhanced optical and electronic properties.

Host laboratory and infrastructure: Research will be carried out at the Department of Chemistry – Solid-state Chemistry Division, University of Lille. City of Lille is located in northwestern France, easily accessible from/to Paris, Brussels and London by train. Department of Chemistry offers excellent training courses and hosts state-of-the-art research facilities; synthesis chemistry apparatus and analytical facilities for surface and bulk characterization of materials. Of particularly relevant to this project, NMR center in Lille is equipped with high field (800 and 900 MHz) spectrometers and placed an order for a 1.2 GHz spectrometer for the characterization of material solids, which is a unique opportunity to undertake this interdisciplinary research project. 


G. N. Manjunatha Reddy
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Solid-State Chemistry Division
Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille
Cité Scientifique, 218 Bâtiment C7-BP 90108
Villeneuve D'Ascq 59650 
Tel: +33 (0)3 2033 5907

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