Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia – IIT is seeking for one “Post-Doctoral position in Polymer Composites based on Graphene and other 2D Materials” in the framework of the Future & Emerging Technologies flagship project on graphene and other 2D crystals, Graphene Flagship (http://graphene-flagship.eu/), funded by the European Commission with Grant Agreement n. 785219 for the 2013-2023 period.
A post-doctoral position is currently available to work in the context of Polymer Composites of the Graphene Flagship under the umbrella of IIT Graphene Labs (http://graphene.iit.it) in strong collaboration with partners of the Graphene Flagship.
The successful candidate will work on the synthesis/processing of graphene and related 2D crystals in solution by liquid phase exfoliation of their bulk counterparts and the subsequent integration in polymer matrices by extrusion. The main goal is to study the relationship between the morphological properties (i.e., lateral size and thickness) of the nanoflakes, their dispersion in the polymer matrix and the mechanical, electrical, thermal and gas barrier properties on the macroscopic scale of the graphene and related 2D crystals-based composites. The candidate will perform the structural, chemical, thermal, electrical and gas diffusion characterization of the developed composites. Furthermore, electrical percolation analysis will be carried out to link the lateral sizes, thickness and loading of the graphene nanoflakes in the polymer or inorganic matrix.
The selected candidate will join the Graphene Labs and the Smart Material group of IIT in Genoa under the supervision of Dr. Francesco Bonaccorso and Dr. Athanassia Athanassiou.
Eligible applicants will have a strong background in solution processing and characterization of nanomaterials, and in particular of 2D crystals, as well as polymer composites fabrication and characterization. Experience in transport characterization will be positively evaluated. Excellent English communication skills are mandatory.
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia is a private law Foundation, created with special Government Law no. 269 of September 30th 2003, with the objective of promoting Italy's technological development and higher education in science and technology. Research at IIT is carried out in highly innovative scientific fields with state-of-the-art technology.
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