Information about the research project
The ability to directly correlate the catalytic activity of a single
nanoparticle in the sub-10 nm size range with surface state, composition and
size at operando conditions is the ultimate vision of a research field called
Single Particle Catalysis. This vision is driven by the prospect of
unprecedented fundamental insights beyond the current research frontier. Such
insights will provide design rules for superior catalyst materials critically
needed to address some of humanity's grand challenges and the UN goals for
sustainable development in the energy, environmental clean-up and fine
chemical synthesis for drug development areas, for all of which catalysis is a
key technology. However, to date such experiments and the corresponding
ultimate level of insight remain unrealized, despite significant advances in
the field. To adress this challenge we have pioneered the use of nanofluidics
combined with optical microscopy to address catalytic reactions on single
nanoparticles in new ways, as summarized in the following papers:
DOI:10.1021/acscatal.0c04955; DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-18623-1; DOI:
The focus of this PhD position in the framework of an ERC Consolidator Grant
is to further push our nanofluidics approach to single particle catalysis to
the sub-10 nm particle size regime by implementing and applying a
revolutionizing optical microscopy concept that we recently have discovered.
It relies on the fascinating optical properties of nanofluidic structures when
they interact with visible light. The topic of this PhD project thus lies at
the interface between surface chemistry and catalysis, nanofluidics and
Information about the research group
The Langhammer group at the Chemical Physics Divison at the Department of
Physics operates at the interface between materials science, nanoscience,
catalysis, nanoplasmonics and in situ spectroscopy, with a particular focus on
sustainable energy-related nanomaterials, nanosensors and catalysis. For that
purpose we continuously develop and evolve our own methodologies for state-of-
the-art nanofabrication, as well as build our own customized research
instrumentation. Now we intensify our efforts towards the development of a
nanofluidics-based optical nanoimaging method for the study of catalytic
reactions on single nanoparticles.
For more info, please visit our group home page: www. langhammerlab.se
And the home page of the Chemical Physics Division that hosts the Langhammer
https: // www. chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/research/chemicalphysics/Pages/default.aspx
• execute experimental tasks, such as planning of experiments together with
other members of the project team, running measurements of cataltyic reactions
on single nanoparticles using our nanofluidic microscopy method, characterize
your samples using electron microcopy and other techniques.
• evaluate and summarize your data, likely involving state-of-the-art machine
learning methods developed in the group by other team members, and share them
with our cross-diciplinary research team and at international research
• supervise Master students.
• participate at the up to 20 % level in teaching of undergraduate students.
The following qualifications are mandatory:
- A Master degree in Physics, Applied Physics, Nanoscience, Materials Science
- An experimental master thesis in one of the above areas.
- Excellent collaboration skills.
- Excellent documented written and oral English skills.
The following qualifications are considered a merit in decreasing order of
- Courses and/or a Master thesis project in catalysis/surface science and/or
optical microscopy/spectroscopy for catalysis applications
- Hands-on experience with experimental heterogeneous catalysis science
- Hands-on experience with advanced optical microscopy
- Computer programming skills using Python and MATLAB
- Experience with numerical simulation tools such as Comsol Multiphysics
orcomputational fluid dynamics
- Experience with Density Functional Theory and/or kinetic modeling
- Experience with analysis of complex scientific data e.g. through machine
The position also requires excellent communication skills in written and
spoken English. Applicants who do not have English or a Scandinavian language
as their mother tongue need to provide documentation of good communication
skills in English, typically evidenced by an English language test, for
example TOEFL 550 (paper-based)/TOEFL 213 (computer-based), and
exemplified during the interview process prior to admission.
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of 5
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The application should be marked with Ref 20220452 and written in English. The
application should be sent electronically and be attached as PDF-files, as
below. Maximum size for each file is 40 MB. Please note that the system does
not support Zip files.
CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and
positions of trust.
• Two references that we can contact.
Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family
name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself
• Describe your previous experience of relevance for the position (e.g.
education, thesis work and, if applicable, any other research activities)
• Describe your future goals and future research focus
• Copies of bachelor and/or master's thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other
certificates, e.g. TOEFL test results.
Use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form.
Application deadline: 12th October, 2022
For questions, please contact:
Christoph Langhammer, Chemical Physics, Physics, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection
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