|Job Advertisement:||ESR-13: PhD at Université D’Angers, France|
|Topic:||Donor-acceptor molecules with tailored band gap and energy levels as donor material for organic solar cells|
|Supervisor:||Prof. Dr. Philippe Blanchard|
|Application date:||CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS|
|Starting Date:||No later than 1 June 2017|
Donor-acceptor molecules with tailored band gap and energy levels as donor material for organic solar cells
Context. Organic solar cells (OSCs) have the potential to become an environmental friendly, inexpensive, large area and flexible photovoltaics technology. Their main advantages are low process temperatures, the potential for very low cost due to abundant materials and scalable processing, and the possibility of producing flexible devices on plastic substrates. To improve their commercialization capacity, to compete with established power generation and to complement other renewable energy technologies, the performance of state-of-the-art OSCs needs to be further improved. The SEPOMO project – Spins in Efficient Photovoltaic devices based on Organic Molecules – aims at bringing the performance of OSCs forward by taking advantage of the so far unexplored degree of freedom of photogenerated species in organic materials, their spin. This new H2020 European project, coordinated by Dr. M. Pchenitchnikov at the Rijks University of Groningen (The Netherlands), involves ten other academic and industrial partners. One important goal of this project will be to train an early stage researchers (ESRs) for a career in organic electronics science and the related technology oriented industry.
The SCL (Linear Conjugated Systems) group of MOLTECH-Anjou (http://moltech-anjou.univ-angers.fr/) from the University of Angers (France) is well-recognized for its expertise in the design, the synthesis and the characterization of π-conjugated systems and will participate to the SEPOMO project. In this context, we are looking for a strongly motivated ESR for a PhD thesis to develop the synthesis of donor-acceptor molecules with tailored band gap and energy levels as donor material for OSCs.
The selected PhD student will mainly work at MOLTECH-Anjou under the supervision of Dr. P. Blanchard, CNRS Research Director, and Dr. C. Cabanetos, CNRS Researcher. The ESR will be trained in organic synthesis and heterocyclic chemistry and analytical methods, e.g. NMR, thermal characterization, optical spectroscopy, and (spectro)electrochemistry. He/She will also be trained to the preparation and characterization of thin films and organic photovoltaics devices for a rapid evaluation of the results of molecular design. In addition a first secondment of one month at the Lesker Company Ltd (UK) will be achieved for implementation of organic materials into solar cell stacks.
Prof. Deibel from the Technical University of Chemnitz (TUC, Germany) will also co-supervise this PhD thesis and accordingly, a two months secondment to TUC is planned for investigation of charge carrier dynamics from compounds synthesized at the University of Angers.
PhD student profile: The candidates will have a Master degree with a good expertise in organic chemistry and possibly a first experience in the field of organic electronics. Knowledges of spectroscopy (absorption/emission), electrochemistry and general knowledge in physics would be welcome. A good level of English is required.