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Devices bouwen met atomaire precisie is noodzakelijk voor de technologie van de toekomst. Hoe kunnen we dit verwezenlijken?

(19-05-2020) Nieuwsgierig naar hoe jij met je kennis van simuleren en/of experimentele vaardigheden kan bijdragen aan de ontwikkeling en verduurzaming van de next generation smartphone, Q-LED TV’s, biosensoren, memory chips, zonnecellen, batterijen enz.?

“Devices bouwen met atomaire precisie is noodzakelijk voor de technologie van de toekomst. Hoe kunnen we dit verwezenlijken? Andreas Werbrouck legt het in 3 min uit in dit filmpje https://ufora.ugent.be/d2l/le/content/24129/viewContent/366254/View

Nieuwsgierig naar hoe jij met je kennis van simuleren en/of experimentele vaardigheden kan bijdragen aan de ontwikkeling en verduurzaming van de next generation smartphone, Q-LED TV’s, biosensoren, memory chips, zonnecellen, batterijen enz.? Bekijk al onze thesisonderwerpen op https://www.ugent.be/we/solidstatesciences/en/education/thesissen

Ook tijdens de coronacrisis wordt er nog aan wetenschappelijk onderzoek gedaan. Vandaar dat onderstaande thesisonderwerpen uitvoerbaar blijven in academiejaar 2020-2021, zelfs met inachtneming van beperkende maatregelen. Dit geldt zowel voor de experimentele als theoretische/computationele onderwerpen. Aarzel niet om de promotoren te contacteren voor meer informatie!

"Beeldvorming en noodverlichting, wat hebben ze met elkaar gemeen?" by Jiaren Du

(11-05-2020) To promote the master thesis topics in our department, we set up an online pitch-campaign. The second pitch by Jiaren (in english) on luminescence

“Beeldvorming en noodverlichting, wat hebben ze met elkaar gemeen?" Jiaren Du legt het in 3 min uit in dit filmpje https://ufora.ugent.be/d2l/le/content/24129/viewContent/366252/View

Nieuwsgierig naar hoe jij met je kennis van simuleren en/of experimentele vaardigheden kan bijdragen aan de ontwikkeling en verduurzaming van de next generation smartphone, Q-LED TV’s, biosensoren, memory chips, zonnecellen, batterijen enz.? Bekijk al onze thesisonderwerpen op https://www.ugent.be/we/solidstatesciences/en/education/thesissen


Ook tijdens de coronacrisis wordt er nog aan wetenschappelijk onderzoek gedaan. Vandaar dat onderstaande thesisonderwerpen uitvoerbaar blijven in academiejaar 2020-2021, zelfs met inachtneming van beperkende maatregelen. Dit geldt zowel voor de experimentele als theoretische/computationele onderwerpen. Aarzel niet om de promotoren te contacteren voor meer informatie!

The Department of Solid State Sciences welcomes Master Thesis students

(30-04-2020) Master Thesis projects on condensed matter research are open for application! Watch the video by David Van der Heggen

Do you wonder what our research is about and how you can help improve solid materials for sustainable applications?

This week the spotlight is on our research on luminescent materials.

Check out this short video by LumiLab's phd student David Van der Heggen about his work on persistent phosphors.

 

Students in the last year of the Master programme in "Physics and Astronomy" or "Engineering Physics" are welcome to join our department for their Master Thesis project. Feel free to read about all available projects at the Department of Solid State Sciences of Ghent University.

WE04 masks and gloves for the Ghent University Hospital

The university hospital was delighted with the gloves and masks from our researchgroups gathered by Johan and delivered by Stefaan (large view)

The university hospital was delighted with the gloves and masks from our researchgroups gathered by Johan and delivered by Stefaan

(17-03-2020) The department gathered and donated masks and gloves to The Ghent University Hospital

The masks and gloves were gathered by Johan and delivered by Stefaan

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PhD position in the area of thin film deposition for applications in electrochemical water splitting (Research Group CoCooN)

(10-03-2020) The PhD candidate will develop ALD strategies for the synthesis of electrodes and will construct a reaction cell that enables surface characterization.

Renewable electricity sources, such as wind and solar power, are key technologies to cope with the depletion of fossil energy resources and to limit global warming. However, adequate energy storage solutions are required to tackle their intermittent and regional availability. In this context, water electrolysis is a key technology that uses surplus electrical energy to split H2O into O2 and H2; the latter being a zero-carbon energy carrier that can be stored and transported. However, it is mandatory to reduce the cost and increase the current carrying capabilities and durability of electrolyzers to enable their widespread implementation and economic viability.

The most powerful tool to optimize electrolyzers from a materials viewpoint is a deep understanding of the electrochemical processes occurring at the interfaces between the electrolyte, electrocatalyst and electrode. However, because the physics and chemistry of the electrode surface are often unknown and difficult to control, it is challenging to understand the fundamentals at the level of the electrochemical interface. To address this challenge, we aim at using Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) for the synthesis of well-defined model electrocatalysts. The key advantages of ALD are the accurate stoichiometry and thickness control, and excellent conformality on 3D surfaces.

Job description

The work will be executed in the Conformal Coating of Nanomaterials (COCOON) research group at the Department of Solid State Sciences, Ghent University, Belgium (www.cocoon.ugent.be). The PhD candidate will develop ALD-based strategies for the synthesis of electrodes with tailored morphologies, compositions and layer structures at the atomic scale. The synthesized materials will be systematically evaluated for their structural properties and electrochemical performance. To this end, the PhD candidate will construct a dedicated reaction cell that enables surface characterization after the electrolysis without exposure to air. A state-of-the-art vacuum cluster tool with through-glovebox loading capabilities is available, providing access to instruments for X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy. This work aims to extend our understanding of electrocatalytic processes and provide guidelines to improve activity and stability by optimizing the composition, morphology and layer structure of the electrode surfaces.

How to apply?

You can apply via email to recruitment-cocoon@ugent.be, using the subject line “Application ALD-Electrocat PhD”. Please provide a full CV including your academic/education history, experience with experimental work and programming, list of publications where applicable. Please also provide a motivation letter containing research interests, skills, career plans, reasons for applying for this program (1 or 2 pages), and the names of two references with contact details. For applicants from non-English speaking countries, please attach copies of recent English language certificates where available. The deadline for application is May 1st, 2020.

Profile

The PhD candidate must hold a master of science degree in (engineering) physics, chemistry, chemical engineering or materials science (engineering), and show a strong interest in nanomaterials, electrocatalysis and advanced surface analysis. The degree should be obtained before the prospective starting date of September 1st, 2020. The PhD candidate should be fluent in English and have the strong intention to finish a PhD in a 4-year timeframe.

Promotor at Ghent University

Prof. C. Detavernier
Prof. J. Dendooven
 Dept. Solid State Physics,
Ghent University Krijgslaan 281/S1,
9000 Gent
Tel. 09/264 43 54
Email: Christophe.Detavernier@UGent.be
Please email you application to recruitment-cocoon@ugent.be

Duration of the project

2020 - 2024 (starting and end date are flexible)

Prof. Poelman keynote at ICRTRESD-2020 in Raipur, India (Video)

(05-02-2020)

International Conference on Recent Trends in Renewable Energy & Sustainable Development (ICRTRESD-2020) 
conference website
watch "Raipur news" regarding this conference 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l10Tz0paszU&feature=youtu.be

 

 

During HPC-UGent meeting there will be a user presentation by Dr. Jonathan Leliaert

(27-01-2020)

During the HPC-UGent user meeting Dr. jonathan Leliaert of the department of Solid State Sciences of the research group DyNaMat will give an user presentation

"GPU-accelerated micromagnetic simulations using mumax3" 

 

More information on the User meeting

https://www.ugent.be/hpc/en/training/2020/usermeeting

 

SEM pictures made by the department used in ART for the new visitor centre of the Ghent Altarpiece

(09-01-2020) Prof. Depla en Olivier Janssens made SEM pictures of plantseeds which are figuring on the Ghent altarpiece and turned into an oil painting by Lies Caeyers.

Prof. Diederik Depla en Olivier Janssens of the department made SEM (Scanning Electron Microscopy) pictures of seeds of plants which are figuring on the Ghent altarpiece ('adoration of the mystic lamb')

Those SEM pictures  were turned into an oil painting by artist Lies Caeyers.

more information in dutch on this website: https://www.liescaeyers.com/studio-nl

Predoctoral researcher wanted at DyNaMat

(09-12-2019) We are looking for a PhD candidate to work on the new SpinENGINE project, composed of 5 partners: UGent, NTNU Trondheim, Sheffield U, ETH Zurich and IBM Zurich

We are looking for a talented and highly motivated PhD candidate to join our team to work on the new SpinENGINE project. This vacancy is a part of a wider European funded consortium composed of five partners: UGent, NTNU Trondheim, Sheffield University, ETH Zurich and IBM Zurich. The SpinENGINE project aims to create a new approach to computing based on emergent properties, i.e., complex, non-linear behavior in tunable ensembles of nanomagnets. This student will concentrate on the numerical modeling of such a nanomagnet ensemble. He/she will explore the emergent behavior in these systems and provide support for the design and interpretation of experiments, based on extensive micromagnetic and statistical modeling. Hereby can be built on the extensive expertise of the DyNaMat group on high performance magnetic modeling using the in-house developed Mumax code (https://mumax.github.io/), which will be the main workhorse for this project. The student will also assist in the development of more specific simulation and analysis tools. More information on the desired profile and how to apply can be found here. 

 

 

Nanomaterials Cover Story

Cover art made by our colleague David Van der Heggen to support his article on "Optically Stimulated Nanodosimeters with High Storage Capacity". (large view)

Cover art made by our colleague David Van der Heggen to support his article on "Optically Stimulated Nanodosimeters with High Storage Capacity".

(13-11-2019) Cover art of David Van der Heggen on the Nanomaterials August 2019 issue

The Nanomaterials issue of August 2019 features LumiLab cover art! Our colleague David Van der Heggen wrote an article on "Optically Stimulated Nanodosimeters with High Storage Capacity", which goes into the details of thermoluminescence (TL) and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) properties of β-Na(Gd,Lu)F4:Tb3+ nanophosphors. His graphical abstract was the perfect starting point for a nice cover illustration. The full article can be read here.