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Advanced and sustainable nanocomposites for sunlight-assisted hydrogen production

ABG-109154 Sujet de Thèse
22/11/2022 Contrat doctoral
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University of Padova, Physics and Astronomy Department
Padova - Italie
Advanced and sustainable nanocomposites for sunlight-assisted hydrogen production
  • Matériaux
  • Chimie
  • Physique
Solar energy conversion, Water splitting, interfaces, Z-Scheme

Description du sujet

In the framework of a big project funded under the National Recovery and Resilience Plan by the NextGenerationEU program, we are recruiting a highly motivated candidate for a PhD thesis on advanced and sustainable nanocomposites for sunlight-assisted hydrogen production.

The thesis work will be focused on composite nanostructured materials in form of thin films, to be used to promote solar-assisted water splitting. By acting on the composition of suitable transition metal oxide nanostructures and investigating the charge transfer processes at the solid-solid interfaces, the aim is to understand the processes that constitute a bottleneck in the charge transfer both within the multiphase catalyst and towards the water solution, for an increased overall efficiency of the process.

The material preparation, the characterizations and the analysis of the photoinduced charge transfer processes will be carried out at the DFA Physics of Matter Labs. Synchrotron-radiation experiments will be also planned, to look at the involved processes in-situ/in-operando.

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University of Padova, Physics and Astronomy Department

Celebrating in 2022 eight hundred years from its foundation, the University of Padova (UNIPD) is one of the
leading Universities in Italy and has a long tradition and consolidated reputation for scientific excellence.

The Physics of Matter Laboratories at the Physics and Astronomy Department at UNIPD include sample preparation techniques (physical vapor co-deposition, evaporation, plasma based processes, annealing in controlled atmosphere…), together with a full set of characterization techniques (Scanning Electron Microscopy, Atomic Force Microscopy, Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry, Grazing incidence X-ray Diffraction, UV-Vis, photoluminescence, Raman). The team expertise includes synchrotron radiation-based experiments, as x-ray absorption spectroscopy. Available photoelectrochemical experiments include voltammetry (linear sweep/cyclic), impedance spectroscopy, intensity-modulated photocurrent spectroscopy, incident-photon-to-current efficiency measurements.


Further info: chiara.maurizio@unipd.it

Intitulé du doctorat

Science and Engineering of Materials and Nanostructures

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Etablissement délivrant le doctorat

University of Padova

Profil du candidat

Master degree in Material Science, Physics, Chemistry or related. Interest in nanoscience, materials characterization, solar energy conversion. Teamworking capability.

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