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Study programmes

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Master programme “Chemistry – Energy – Environment”

The interdisciplinary master's program "Chemistry - Energy - Environment" incorporates contents from the field of energy and environmental research and thus reflects the research orientation of the CEEC Jena at the teaching level. The focus is on the fields of electrochemistry and modern energy systems, sustainable and modern synthesis processes and environmental processes.

The members of the CEEC Jena are active in the field of teaching. In addition, students can carry out their (research) internships and master theses in the participating working groups.

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Master programme "Chemistry of Materials"

The international study programme Chemistry of Materials is research-oriented and provides, based on the education in a qualified undergraduate degree programme, the ability to work independently in a modern, interdisciplinary field at the interface between chemistry, physics and materials science. The study programme provides extensive knowledge of synthesis, chemistry and the properties of novel functional materials. The entire spectrum from the molecule via nanoscale materials to the bulk materials will be discussed. A particular focus is given on advanced methods of industrial materials synthesis and chemical processing, such as nanomaterials, thin films, macromolecular materials, glasses and ceramics, and materials for energy. In these fields, both extensive experimental-analytical skills and computer simulation from atomistic to meso- and macroscopic length scale are of particular interest.

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Job offers

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Scientific staff (f/m/d) for a doctorate (13 TV-L, 67%) as part of the research group FuncHeal:

PhD 1 (P1, Prof. Dr. Ulrich S. Schubert): monomer synthesis (organic chemistry); synthesis of polymers with reversible binding units, fabrication and characterization of battery electrodes; investigation of the self-healing of the polymers; previous experience in the field of macromolecular chemistry and/or electrochemistry is desirable.

PhD 2 (P2, Prof. Dr. Felix H. Schacher): The position deals with anionic ring-opening polymerization for the production of functional polyether-based block copolymers. These are then to be used by means of reversible and irreversible crosslinking to form novel gel electrolytes (both aqueous and organic) in order to use them in polymer batteries, for example. The reversible crosslinking points in particular are there to heal possible defects after damage and, if necessary, to restore changed conductivities.
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PhD 3 (P3, Dr. Martin D. Hager): Monomersynthese (org. Chemie); Synthesis and characterization of
conjugated polymers with flexible linker units or with reversible binding units; investigation of the selfhealing of the polymers; Previous experience in macromolecular chemistry is desirable. PhD 4 (P3, Prof. Dr. Kalina Peneva): Synthesis of organic chromophores (organic chemistry), synthesis and characterization of rylene dyes to be used as acceptors in solar cells. Production of dyes and polymer blends, investigation of the self-healing of the polymer blends. Previous experience in organic chemistry is desirable.

PhD 5 (P4, PD Dr. Martin Presselt): Assembly of amphiphiles into molecular monolayers and their integration into solar cell architectures; Characterization of the monolayers using photothermal deflection spectroscopy, UV-vis transmission spectroscopy and modeling of the spectra using fit routines, fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy, atomic force microscopy, electrochemistry, application of Langmuir-Blodgett and related techniques; Previous experience in physical chemistry, especially interface chemistry and optical spectroscopy is desirable.

PhD 6 (P5, Prof. Dr. Stefanie Gräfe): Theoretical description of self-healing functional materials using
multiscale simulations, molecular dynamics (MD) and quantum chemical calculations; Previous knowledge in the field of theoretical description of matter, ideally with quantum chemical and/or molecular dynamic methods desired.

PhD 7 (P6, Prof. Dr. Benjamin Dietzek-Ivanšić): Time-resolved optical spectroscopy (emission and transient absorption spectroscopy) to characterize electron transfer processes in self-healing conjugated polymers; Absorption and resonance Raman spectroelectrochemistry to characterize strain-induced structural changes in materials; Previous knowledge in the field of optical spectroscopy or material synthesis for applications in organic electronics desired.

PhD 8 (P6, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Popp): Linear and non-linear (micro)spectroscopic Raman experiments on
self-healing polymers; 2D correlation analysis of the obtained spectroscopic datasets; Experience in physical chemistry or physics and ideally experience in molecular spectroscopy with a focus on vibrational or Raman spectroscopy is desirable.

Application deadline for all positions: 8 July 2022

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Unsolicited applications

For unsolicited applications, please send your CV, a letter of motivation and, if applicable, letters of recommendation from your academic supervisors to the office of the CEEC Jena (ceec-jena@uni-jena.de).