PhD Plasmonic Photochemistry

at RMIT University

Exciting opportunities are available for outstanding PhD candidates to work on an ARC-funded project investigating plasmonic photochemistry: the use of metal nanoparticles to enhance the light energy capture, the charge separation and transfer at chemical interfaces. The project focuses on the design of metal nanostructures with targeted optical properties for applications in photochemistry, including the synthesis of high-value chemicals and chemical fuels. The expected outcome of the project is a detailed mechanistic understanding of the role of nanoparticle size, geometry and environment on their photochemical properties.

Project: Photochemistry with plasmonic super-absorbers of light

Imagine a future chemical industry where chemical reactions are powered directly by sunlight! Using a combination of cutting-edge experimental and theoretical approaches, the successful candidate will create nanostructures that are capable of absorbing nearly all incident visible light (super-absorbers), study their optical properties, and with collaborators in CSIRO, develop applications of these materials in synthetic organic chemistry. The project is part of a collaboration between RMIT University and CSIRO, and it involves the fabrication and synthesis of nanomaterials (RMIT), characterisation of their structural and optical properties and the discovery of novel photochemical reaction pathways (CSIRO). We seek chemistry/physics graduates interested in any of the following: synthesis, nanofabrication, spectroscopy.

Project: Nanoantennas for photocatalysis

Using a combination of cutting-edge experimental and theoretical approaches, the successful candidate will decorate the surface of metal nanoparticles with transition metal complexes. These complexes are known to be good photocatalysts but suffer from low absorption cross sections towards incident visible light. This problem can be overcome with metal nanoparticles which can act as nanoscale antennas to effectively capture and direct light to transition metal complexes. The project is part of a collaboration between RMIT University and CSIRO and it involves the fabrication and synthesis of nanomaterials (RMIT), characterisation of their structural and optical properties and the discovery of novel photochemical reaction pathways (CSIRO). We seek chemistry/physics graduates interested in any one of the following: synthesis, nanofabrication, spectroscopy.

How to apply and further information.

The applicant needs to meet RMIT University Entry requirements.

Scholarships can be granted on a merit basis, further details here.

For further information please contact; Daniel Gomez, Daniel.Gomez@rmit.edu.au

Applications close Tuesday 31st October.

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