PhD POSITION IN BIO-ENGINEERED PHOTONICS

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 31 Aug 2022

PROJECT. Spin transition studies on engineered bio-hybrids for the development of new photonic tools.

SUPERVISORS. Sara H Mejias (www.sarahmejias.com )

Juan Cabanillas González (www.juancabanillas.wixsite.com/research )

EMPLOYMENT OFFER. 3-year employment contrat starting in November 2022 (flexible), with the possibility of an extra year extension.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION. A sustainable future starts with efficient light-energy conversion. In particular, light-induced spin transitions are essential to harness the power of the light in applications like catalysis, light energy storage, or memory development. However, a challenge is still to overcome the energy losses that arise from competing decay paths after photon absorption, making molecular spin transitions inefficient.

This thesis will develop bio-hybrids with customizable spin transitions combining engineered proteins and photoactive molecules. In the lab, we will synthesize bio-hybrids with different structures and study their excited state dynamics using different spectroscopic techniques, including femtosecond transient absorption and time-resolved photoluminescence. This strategy allows to study the light conversion principles and optimize them for the desired application.

This project is funded by the La Caixa Junior Leader program


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