Are you enthusiastic about exploring scientific challenges with an industrial application perspective?
Piezoelectric thin films find applications in several areas of science and technology as sensors and actuators. Extension and accuracy performance of piezoelectric thin films is of prominent importance for such application areas.
We are looking for a motivated and skilled PhD student to conduct research on the fundamental physics questions on the growth and characterization of piezoelectric thin films and exploring their structure-performance relations.
The XUV Optics Group at Twente has started a new multidisciplinary research program on these topics. We develop forefront fundamental research, relevant to high tech applications (www.utwente.nl/xuv/). The research will take place in a state-of-the-art thin film laboratory within the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Twente, in collaboration with various academic and industrial partners. The XUV group has a track record in developing thin film physics and holds several records in functional film properties, including the reflectivity of thin film multilayer optics.
Your goal is to develop the key material science required for growing, characterizing, and modeling piezoelectric thin films. This includes:
- Exploring the layer growth processes and molecular scale process engineering of piezoelectric thin films, using physical vapor deposition techniques such as pulsed laser deposition and others, aiming for high and accurate piezoelectric functional properties.
- Developing the understanding of the piezoelectric film structures and their functional properties using characterization techniques such as AFM, XRD, SEM and DBLI and detailed data analysis.
- Developing models for relating the functional properties to the structure of the piezoelectric thin films.