PhD Projects

ESR01: Understanding and tuning the electronic properties of organic/inorganic heterointerfaces

Technical University of Graz (TUG), Austria | Modell the structure and electronic properties of various organic thin-films relevant for solar cell applications on metal-oxide layers. The theoretical predictions are benchmarked against experimental data at the University of Southern Denmark and Danfoss in Denmark. The quantum-mechanical modelling of interfaces will be performed in collaboration with Universita’ […]

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ESR02: Self-assembled, nanostructured organic materials for applications in electronics and optoelectronic devices

Universita’ Degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca (UMB), Italy | Develop novel self-assembly methods for generating nanostructured organic materials for application in solar cells and electronic devices. Extensive X-Ray reflectivity characterization is carried out at the Technical University of Graz and device testing is performed at the industry partner Danfoss in Denmark.

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ESR03: Vapor phase doping and infiltration of conducting polymers

CIC Nanogune, Spain | Exploit a vacuum based process (atomic layer deposition – ALD) for the top-down synthesis of conducting polymer-inorganic hybrids. Synthetic aspects as well as characterization of conductive polymers and their physical properties are investigated at Universita’ Degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca. Furthermore, Pirelli in Italy intends to investigate the effect of hybrid materials, […]

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ESR04: Humidity effects at the organic/porous silicon sensor interface

Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (UAM), Spain | Optimize both the electronic and optical properties of interfaces in various electronic and opto-electronic devices. Modelling as well as experimental investigations are carried out to determine interface barriers, excited state lifetimes, plasmonic coupling and mobility as well as their effect in devices. Consultation of specialists within the network […]

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ESR05: Lifetimes of HOMO and LUMO states of organic molecules relevant for Organic Photovoltaics (OPV) on different substrates

CIC Nanogune, Spain | Calculations of the electronic ground state properties of organic molecules relevant to OPV on metals and TiO2 are performed. Developed simulation tools and codes are applied to systems of technological interest at Universita’ Degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca. A stay at SDU and Danfoss, Denmark, will assist in getting experience on problems […]

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ESR06: Electronic, spin-dependent, conductive properties of modified grapheme / Thesis

Universita’ Degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca (UMB), Italy | Ph.D. Thesis Abhilash Ravikumar Thesis download Abstract Understanding the adsorption mechanisms of organic molecules on graphene and their subsequent influence on the electronic and magnetic properties of this interface is essential in designing graphene based devices. In this thesis we perform first principles calculations based on density […]

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ESR07: Integration of plasmonic structures on organic solar cells

The University of Southern Denmark | Investigate the effects of localized surface plasmon structures on organic thin-film solar cells in order to increase their power conversion efficiencies. Modelling and fabrication of the plasmonic structures are performed at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in close collaboration with the related industrial partner Plasmore. Follow us on the ‘Solar […]

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ESR09: Fabrication, characterization and simulation of (transparent) organicelectrode/organic semiconductor interfaces

Technical University Dresden, Germany | This sub-project deals with the understanding of the (transparent) organic/organic semiconductor interface. Such interfaces are present in organic opto-electronic devices such as OLEDs and solar cells. Prototypal interfaces are fabricated and material interactions, energy level alignment and charge transport are studied with ultra-sensitive optical techniques, photo-electron spectroscopy and time resolved […]

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ESR10: Fabrication of 2D colloidal crystals over large areas for biosensing / Thesis

Universitat Autonoma de Madrid, Spain | Paola Pellacani PhD Thesis   Abstract Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) devices are widely applied as biosensing platfoms to perform a potentially sensitive, rapid, real-time, label free and/or multiplexed detection. As a drawback, this technology is often challenged by high instrumentation costs, poor interfacing capabilities with other analytical techniques and […]

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ESR11: Fabrication and stability of hybrid organic/inorganic perovskite based solar cells and its module

Abengoa Research (AR), Spain | The subproject deals with the fabrication of organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite based solar cells and monitoring its PV properties with time. The project will be further strengthened by device encapsulation for undertaking stability studies and interface optimization by scanning probe microscopy. Accelerated life time studies will be also made under controlled […]

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ESR12: Degradation mechanisms in organic solar

The University of Southern Denmark | Optimize the lifetime and stability of organic small molecule solar cells with integrated metal-oxide interfacial layers. The PhD candidate is working part of the time on the development of a system for monitoring the stability of solar cells and modules which take place at the industry partner Danfoss. Follow […]

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ESR13: Reactivity of organic-inorganic interfaces towards atmospheric gases

Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), France | The reactivity of self-organized thin films of phthalocyanine on silicon surfaces stands in the middle of this project. Grazing incidence diffraction is carried out at the Technical University of Graz and should inform about the changes of conformation during exposure. The photoemission of the films under gas […]

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