PhD Position – Polymer Chemistry, Chemical Engineering – 3D printing of nanocomposites for microfluidic devices with integrated electronics

We offer a PhD Position at the NeptunLab. The NeptunLab is the highly interdisciplinary research group of Prof. Bastian E. Rapp at the Department of Microsystems Technology (IMTEK) at the University of Freiburg. Research interests include the development of novel materials, technologies and processes for structuring materials and industrial applications. The work of the NeptunLab is published in the most important international journals including Lab-on-a-Chip, Advanced Materials, Angewandte Chemie and Nature and has been featured in national and international radio and print media including the BBC, the New York Times and the Discovery Channel.

3D printing at the highest resolution required in MEMS has gained significant attention in recent years. For the development of chemically resistant microfluidics, our group has recently reported a method that converts composite polymers into glass via a sintering process. For further development of this technique, novel polymeric nanocomposites need to be developed that can be 3D printed and show reduced inhibition to oxygen, specific surface wetting properties and special optical properties. The design of electrically and thermally conductive materials is another important modification of this process. The production of the composites involves dispersing of nanoparticles in organic binders. During structuring of the composites by, e.g., 3D printing and polymer replication techniques such as injection molding, metal layers and wires may be incorporated into the polymeric structure to enable, e.g. the integration of electrical components for application in sensors and actuators. This position will play a key role in an ERC Consolidator Grant which will develop a next-generation, first-of-its-kind tactile displays for visually impaired people. Being a project of high social and scientific relevance, the project and this position thus offers significant potential for developing an academic career as well as high-impact publications.

Activities and responsibilities

  • Development and analysis of nanocomposites with tailored properties for additive manufacturing, 3D printing and polymer replication
  • Integration of electrodes into microchannels or microfluidic setups
  • Development of novel replicative techniques and tailored material formulations
  • Chip-to-world interfacing
  • Surface modification, coating and bonding of substrates

Qualification profile

  • Master’s degree and Studies in chemical engineering, polymer chemistry or related subjects
  • Profound knowledge of nanocomposites and dispersions is required
  • Knowledge of microfluidics and 3D printing is beneficial.
  • Excellent academic track record
  • Excellent English skills in reading and writing
  • You should be a team player with ambitions who can conduct research projects independently
  • You should be able to structure and document your work properly
  • You should be a creative mind, developing your own ideas and willing to go the extra mile to generate outstanding scientific results.

Benefits

  • An interdisciplinary work environment with a team of motivated scientists that strive to develop clever solutions for scientific as well as industrial problems
  • Well-funded projects with access to excellent state-of-the art infrastructure, generous lab space and scientific equipment
  • An aspiring young team with great emphasis on publications and publicity
  • A lab structure that promotes the development of the individual members and fosters open-minded scientific discussions
  • A strong focus on the career development of the candidate including submitting to and attending the most relevant international conferences and summer schools
  • An environment that supports start-up mentality – if your research is industrially applicable and promising, we will move towards commercialization of your solution
  • Payment of TV-L 13 75% (full time)
  • Depending on the performance of the candidate the PhD degree is generally finished within three years

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The NeptunLab is the highly interdisciplinary research group of Prof. Bastian E. Rapp at the Department of Microsystems Technology (IMTEK) at the University of Freiburg. Research interests include the development of novel materials, technologies and processes for structuring materials and industrial applications. The work of the NeptunLab is published in the most important international...

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