PhD Position in Sensor Development

The University of Melbourne

Expression of interest: 11 October 2019

Close: 31 October 2019

Dr Wallace Wong is seeking an Australian student to work on a collaborative project working with Defence Science and Technology Group to develop new sensing materials for aerosolised toxic agents (chemical and biological) and integrate them into a new cutting edge, small, lightweight and low-power sensor technology. The successful student will have a background in organic/materials chemistry with interest in photophysical chemistry, analytical chemistry and device engineering.

Position description

Research Fellow in the Synthesis of Organic Excitonic Materials

The University of Melbourne

Closes 13 October 2019

Dr Wallace Wong is seeking a post doctoral researcher with prior experience in organic synthesis especially in building conjugated organic materials. The successful applicant's work will include synthesis and development of materials that contribute to the milestones of the research themes within ACEx, take on a leadership role in the day-to-day operations of the organic synthesis laboratory.

Link to position description and application page


There are currently two PhD positions available in Dr Jones' research group for collaborative research with the University of Bayreuth. These are Joint PhD positions with at least 12 months to be spent in our partner laboratories at the University of Bayreuth.


Position 1 will investigate polymer morphology impact on Singlet Fission yield and triplet lifetimes https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/joint-phd-with-university-of-bayreuth-morphology-manipulation-for-increased-singlet-fission-yields/?p112164


Position 2 will investigate the role of light induced self assembly of polymers in solution on organic solar cell performance https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/joint-phd-with-university-of-bayreuth-synthesis-and-manipulation-of-semiconducting-block-copolymers-for-organic-photovoltaic-active-layers/?p112165


Dr David Jones currently has positions available for synthetic organic chemists and materials scientists.

Excellent applicants eligible for a Graduate Research Scholarship https://scholarships.unimelb.edu.au/awards/graduate-research-scholarships are encouraged to contact Dr David Jones. 

Project 1

High K-dielectric oligomers for organic electronic applications-towards ferroelectric semiconducting polymers.

Significant energy losses in organic solar cells are a result of the S1 excited state having strong coulombic binding. Inorganic solar cells, for example silicon, gallium arsenide, perovskite etc., have lower energy losses because of a higher dielectric constant in the materials supports charge separation. It has been proposed that significant advances in organic solar cell device efficiency can be achieved if organic semi-conductors with higher dielectric constants can be synthesised. In this study we look to synthesise high K-dielectric oligomers for analysis, and inclusion in higher organic semiconductors. This is a project in conjunction with Dr Alexander Colsmann (KIT Germany) and the possibility of a joint degree is possible for excellent applicants.


Project 2

Singlet Fission enhanced solar cells- Breaking the Schockley-Quiesser Limit

We have recently demonstrated that discotic liquid crystalline organic semiconductors can be design to promote singlet fission, that is taking the energy of a singlet exciton generated on absorption of a high energy photon to generate two triplet excitons. It has been predicted that we should be able to increase solar cell efficiencies from 32 to 45% power conversion efficiency, or by 40%. I am looking for an excellent student to incorporate these new materials into solar cells. This is a project in conjunction with Dr Alexander Colsmann (KIT Germany) and the possibility of a joint degree is possible for excellent applicants.


Project 3

Discotic liquid crystalline intra-molecular singlet fission materials.

We have recently demonstrated that discotic liquid crystalline organic semiconductors can be design to promote singlet fission, that is taking the energy of a singlet exciton generated on absorption of a high energy photon to generate two triplet excitons. It has been predicted that we should be able to increase solar cell efficiencies from 32 to 45% power conversion efficiency, or by 40%. We would like to know if this is a generic property of discotic liquid crystalline materials and therefore need to complete significant structure property studies. This is an excellent research opportunity for someone interested in the design, synthesise, characterisation and application of advanced organic semiconductors.