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Job advertisement ESR-11: PhD at Eurecat, Spain
Topic: Structure-processing-performance nexus of solution processed organic thin films
Supervisors: Dr. Eugenia Martinez-Ferrero, Dr. Marco Stella
Co-supervisor Dr. Mariano Campoy-Quiles (CSIC-ICMAB)
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Application date: CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS
Starting date: No later than 1 June 2017
Duration: 3 years

Structure-processing-performance nexus of solution processed organic thin films

The aim of this ESR’s project is to fabricate organic solar cells by means of high throughput solution processing methods in order to test the scalability of the synthesized materials and approaches.. This will be achieved by working with inkjet printing, screen printing, blade coating and/or slot die coating, deposition techniques that are popular among the printing industry. The researcher will develop and characterize operational inks, correlating rheology, kinetics and energetics of deposition with the structural properties of the corresponding layers. Full devices, as the one shown below, will also be fabricated and fully characterized.

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The expected results are processing of conventional and novel compounds prepared within the SEPOMO project by pre-industrial deposition methods, establishing design rules and processing protocols for such compounds. In addition, the solar cells will be prepared on large areas, tackling the construction of modules.

The researcher will develop their work at Fundacio Eurecat and the Material’s Institute of Barcelona (ICMAB) both located near Barcelona (Spain). Eurecat is the major Technology Centre of Catalonia where 450 experienced professionals develop their work (www.eurecat.org/en/). The research will be carried out in the facilities at Mataró (30 km north of Barcelona) that include laboratories where main OLAE technologies (Photovoltaic, HyLED, EL, flexible batteries, …) based on Printed Electronics are available. The staff has a strong expertise in material formulation for coating and printing techniques, integration and deposition techniques, as well as in the development of flexible organics photovoltaics. On the other hand, ICMAB complements the facilities available to the ESR by providing additional characterization tools (specifically spectroscopic and microscopic), fabrication (including a 200m2 clean room) as well as advanced device characterization. ICMAB, an applied research institute that belongs to the Spanish Research Council, has recently received the Severo Ochoa distinction for Excellence in Materials Research.

Moreover, and in order to complete the learning experience of the ESR, there are two main planned secondments. The first at MERCK (Chilworth, UK) to study the relationship between upscaling techniques and upscaling of materials; and the second in the Technical University of Dresden (Germany) for gaining additional expertise in the processing of organic semiconductor devices.

The research studies of the ESR will be supervised by:

Martinez FerreroEugenia Martínez-Ferrero: is a senior researcher at Eurecat where she leads the Photonic research line. She did her PhD at the University of Valencia (Spain) followed by postdoctoral stages in the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (France), ICIQ (Spain) and Imperial College of London (UK). She has several years of experience on material’s chemistry, especially on nanocrystalline metal oxides and optoelectronic devices. In the last years she has been responsible of several national and international projects dealing with the synthesis and photophysical characterization of molecular optoelectronic devices. She has co-authored 52 peer-reviewed scientific publications, coordinated RTD projects during the last 5 years and trained 2 PhD student and several MS.

 

 

StellaMarco Stella obtained his PhD in Physics in 2010 at the University of Barcelona for his study of the optical properties of small molecule organic semiconductors with application in organic solar cells and organic TFTs. He has a strong background in organic semiconductors and OSCs, as evidenced by several publications he co-authored in the field of inorganic and organic semiconductors, semiconductor devices like Thin Film Transistors (TFTs), Organic TFTs and Organic Photodiodes. He has trained several MSez-Ferrero: is a senior researcher at Eurecat where she leads the Photonic research line. She did her PhD at the University of Valencia (Spain) followed by postdoctoral stages in the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (France), ICIQ (Spain) and Imperial College of London (UK). She has several years of experience on material’s chemistry, especially on nanocrystalline metal oxides and optoelectronic devices. In the last years she has been responsible of several national and international projects dealing with the synthesis and photophysical characterization of molecular optoelectronic devices. She has co-authored 52 peer-reviewed scientific publications, coordinated RTD projects during the last 5 years and trained 2 PhD student and several MS.

 

 Campoy QuilesMariano Campoy Quiles´ research focuses on the fundamental aspects and applications of organic semiconductors. He is co-author in 65 peer review papers and inventor of two patents. He obtained his PhD from Imperial College London, and since 2012 he holds a tenured position at ICMAB. He has been awarded the 2012 Award in Experimental Physics for young scientist given by the Spanish Royal Society of Physics and BBVA foundation. He is also ERC Consolidator Grantee for his project FOREMAT, on combinatorial screening of organic photovoltaic and thermoelectric materials.

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