Science without Borders Postdoctoral Fellowship for NREL-USA in Perovskite or Organic semiconductors.



The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado is the U.S. primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

The Science without Borders is a large scale nationwide scholarship program primarily funded by the Brazilian federal government. The program seeks to strengthen and expand the initiatives of science and technology, innovation and competitiveness through international mobility of undergraduate and graduate students and researchers.

We would like to offer the opportunity for outstanding Postdoctoral Researchers to come to NREL through the Brazil-US Consortium for Innovation in Energy Materials (CINEMA) initiative under the Brazilian Science Without Borders program to develop research activities within NREL’s Chemical Sciences and Nanoscience Division in the area of Perovskites and Organic semiconductors.

1) Our current research activities on perovskite-based PVs focuses on (a) solution processing of halide perovskites, (b) fabrication of planar and mesostructured perovskite cells, and (c) fundamental understanding of charge transport and recombination. Our objective is to understand material effects on the basic physical and chemical processes that are important to device operations. The insight learned from the basic studies will be used as guide to control material properties and to develop more effective device architectures. Examples of our recent publications on perovskites include [1] J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 5, 490–494 (2014); [2] Chem. Commun., 50, 1605–1607 (2014); [3] J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 4, 2880–2884 (2013).

2) Fundamental research topics of particular interest for organic semiconductors include the structural characterization of organic materials in the solid state by X-ray or Neutron scattering methods, transient photoconductivity for the study of photoinduced charge generation and decay dynamics in novel donor:acceptor materials and device-based methods for charge mobility and recombination studies. As to more applied device level research, we are also interested in developing novel electrical contact architectures for upscaling OPV devices. Some of our relevant publications in organic semiconductors and devices include [1] ChemPhysChem (2014), accepted. DOI: 10.1002/cphc.201301022; [2] Adv. Funct. Mater., 22 (2012) 4115; [3] Macromolecules 46 (2013) 1350; [4] Organic Electronics 12 (2011) 108.

Postdoctoral candidates from Brazil willing to develop research activities in areas relevant to the projects above are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates will be expected to communicate their results through journal publications and conference presentations. In general, to be considered, candidates should have a demonstrated track record of success in addressing fundamental science questions and devising solutions to challenging problems, a Ph.D degree in related field and a strong record of publications/presentations will be a plus.

Send inquires to alexandre.nardes@nrel.gov and to apply, please, send CV along with a list of publications, and the names of at least three professional references to the same e-mail address (subject: “PostDoc Brazil”). Note deadlines for applications at http://www.cienciasemfronteiras.gov.br


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