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EU code
13.2 - Physics
3 - PhD
Free University of Berlin, Germany
Department of Physics
PhD Degree in Structure and Dynamics of Functional Materials in Solution
English or German
Language requirements
Participants should be fluent in both written and spoken English. Applicants from countries where English is not the language of instruction need to have obtained a score of at least 550 on the TOEFL test (or a score of at least 213 on a computer TOEFL test) or provide proof of an equivalent test or provide proof that part of their education was in English. Or equal knowledge of German.
Academic requirements
master in physics, chemistry or related topics
Max available positions
A major objective of research on artificial photosynthesis is water splitting via a carbon-free process that encompasses both solar energy capture and the conversion of water to pure oxygen (water oxidation) and hydrogen (proton reduction). Biomimetic transition-metal based-oxides (MnOx, CrOx …) are being widely studied for water oxidation, and it has been found that many of these nanoparticles are very active catalysts, exhibiting high oxygen evolution rates. Herein, x-ray absorption and resonant inelastic x-ray scattering at the transition metal L-edge will be investigated at different catalytic cycle in the newly developed end-station in the group of Prof. Aziz at the synchrotron light source Berlin. Furthermore, the dynamics will be probed using a pump-probe technique based on ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) laser as a pump and high harmonics generation (HHG) based extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light as a probe.
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36 months between Jul 15 2014 and Jul 14 2017
Contact person
Prof. Dr. Emad F. Aziz (