PhD: Direct-Write Manufacturing of Nanoparticle-based Structures

Delft University of Technology
September 06 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Nanoparticles (NPs) are promising materials for a variety of new functionalities and applications. NPs are used in medical diagnostics and therapy, optical functionalities, and in catalysis. NPs are also used in advanced, direct-write manufacturing (additive manufacturing) methods.
This project aims to research concepts and technologies for the direct-write of local NP patterns and functions. Technologies for the synthesis of particles are available; this is explicitly not the topic of research in this project. However, once particles are generated, the challenge is to arrange these into functional patterns, in methods that are potentially industry-compatible. This is the core challenge in the project.
A specific field of use is flexible and wearable electronics. Patterns based on directly written nanoparticle systems may serve as interconnect line, chip interconnection, or sensor function.
The project is part of a cooperative two-PhD project with a research group from NTNU (Trondheim, Norway). The PhD researcher at NTNU will focus on complementary activities, i.e. thermal-mechanical modelling of particle systems. Industrial parties are involved in the project.

Your tasks include:
• Exploring the fundamentals of NP-based manufacturing. Developing and understanding viable manufacturing routes for direct-write of structures based on NPs.
• Defining and experimentally exploring new interconnection schemes, integrating polymer micro/nanomanufacturing and NP patterning.
• Publishing your results in quality journals, attending conferences, and writing a PhD dissertation.

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