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The research will be performed primarily at KULAK (Div. of KU Leuven, Kortrijk), specialized in the use of nonlinear optical microscopy and scattering techniques for structural characterization of crystal forms ex- and in-situ.


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Stijn Van Cleuvenbergen, tel.: +32 16 32 58 27, mail: stijn.vancleuvenbergen@kuleuven.be.

You can apply for this job no later than April 04, 2022 via the online application tool

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(ref. BAP-2021-876)


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Apply before: 04/04/2022

The project is part of the larger multipartner FuEPoNa project which brings together complementary expertises of several outstanding research groups within KU Leuven, for more information visit:


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Breakthroughs in science and technology have repeatedly been driven by new and innovative materials. Where size, shape and compositional effects on the functional properties of nanomaterials have been widely explored, the influence of the crystal phase received less attention. The ability of a material to adapt multiple lattice structures, i.e. structural polymorphism, allows tuning of the functional properties (chemical, electrical, and optical) for specific applications.
The project is aimed at:

- Mapping structure-property relations of hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites depending on composition, synthesis or external stimuli. The focus is gaining a fundamental understanding of the mechanisms driving polymorph selection, rather than an engineering approach. The end goal is the rational synthesis of novel materials, with a potential for applications in solar cells, LEDs or chemical sensing.

- In-situ measurements of the crystallization process of hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites in order to gain insight in the kinetic parameters driving polymorph selection.

If you have a passion for challenging, creative and interdisciplinary research on the interface of materials science, chemistry and physics, don’t hesitate to apply. You will end up in a state-of-the-art research environment within an enthusiastic and welcoming team.
Initially a 1 year contract will be provided which will be extended with up to one year in case of a good evaluation. The starting date is negotiable. Please send your applications through the KU Leuven website, we will get back to you as soon as possible.


Different domains of expertise will be considered, mainly:
- Specialists in perovskite research, with wide experience in synthesis and characterization.

- Specialists in nonlinear optical characterization and set-up development, preferentially aimed at structural characterization through polarized measurements.

If you have other relevant experience, for instance with crystallization studies of related materials, with an emphasis on fundamental research, your application can be considered as well.
An important part of the job will consist of guiding PhD students involved in the project.


Initially a 1 year contract will be provided which will be extended with up to one year in case of a good evaluation. The starting date is negotiable. Please send your applications through the KU Leuven website. We will follow up applications as they come in, and willget back to you as soon as possible.

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