Workplace: Genova, IIT
Added on: 26/07/2017 - Expires on: 16/10/2017

IIT has established a collaboration with the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and finances 1 position at the International Doctoral Program in Science.

Research and training activities are jointly conducted at IIT structures in Genova, in the Smart Materials research line under the supervision of Despina Fragouli, at the Università del Sacro Cuore, in Brescia, in the Nanoscience Laboratory supervised by Luca Gavoli and Emanuele Cavaliere, and at the University of Notre Dame, in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, under the supervision of Prashant Kamat.

The successful candidate will be part of an exciting and international working environment and will work in brand new laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation.

The aim of the PhD project is to develop active porous polymeric materials for water remediation applications. The research will focus on the photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants, such as dyes, pesticides and drugs, under day light by nanocomposite fibrous materials with controlled band gap energies. The nanocomposites will be obtained by combining deposition of metallic or carbon seeds by supersonic cluster beam or pulsed laser deposition on porous polymers with in-situ growth of hybrid nanostructures upon heating or light irradiation of the composite material.

The PhD candidate will

  • explore some combinations of the seeds-nanomaterials in order to achieve the optimal photocatalytically active material under daylight;
  • develop the porous materials;
  • deposit the appropriate seeds;
  • develop the hybrid systems;
  • fully characterize the physicochemical and optical properties of the developed materials and
  • perform the degradation experiments of defined pollutants
  • Excellent communication skills in English, as well as ability to interact effectively with members of the research team, are mandatory.

    In order to apply for this positions, it is mandatory to refer to the procedures administered by the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. The official call is available at this link: Bando di concorso / Public competition announcement - Milano, Piacenza e Brescia.

    The Application form will be available from 4th of August. Please, apply before 16th October 2017 14:00 (GMT + 1).

    e-mail for contact: despina.fragouli@iit.it

    Involved Research lines
    Smart Materials


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