The Smart Materials Research Line (https://www.iit.it/research/lines/smart-materials) is currently opening a fellowship position for developing functional coatings and membranes for thermal energy management in collaboration with ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
In this project, the novel concepts that we propose rely on the realization of: 1) Precisely engineered, random yet hierarchical interface nanotextures, 2) Introducing highly thermally conducting properties, 3) Realization of novel superhydrophobic membranes through controlled coating of commercial hollow fiber membranes, 4) Novel methods of nanometrology to precisely and rationally describe the complex interfaces. For the first three concepts described above, a key component of our work will be to ensure economic scalability of the textured smart surfaces to large surface areas so that they can be converted to industrial products. For achieving optimal design, quantification and repeatable manufacturability of the aforementioned interfaces, we will employ novel metrology methods for hierarchical surfaces (concept 4) which will provide important theoretical feedback and understanding of the influence of critical surface structural parameters, through the entire project duration.
The candidate will work on the development and fabrication of thermally conducting coatings or porous membrane structures using various polymer and nanomaterials combinations such as graphene, CNTs, and nanofibers. Developed coatings and materials will be tested at ETH Zurich through a European project partnership (Project HARMoNIC).
The selected candidate will be part of an European Team as fellow. In particular, the candidate will be part of a H2020 project (HARMoNIC - HierARchical Multiscale NanoInterfaces for enhanced Condensation processes; EU project Grant Agreement 801229), dealing with key challenges facing human society: continuously increasing global demands for electricity as well as potable drinking water. Our long term vision consists in developing solutions related to water utilization for significant enhancement in terms of i) efficiency of thermal power generation and ii) water harvesting to reduce the shortfall in global fresh water supply.
Eligible applicants should have a Master or PhD degree in Material Science, Chemical Engineering or related fields and some experience in coating design and characterization, surface characterization and some knowledge on polymeric membranes.
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