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PhD Position:Atomic Manipulation and Spectroscopy Group
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Employment Start Date: Flexible/to be discussed

Organization Description:
The Institut Català de Nanotecnologia is a non-profit research institute, created in July 2003 by the Ministry of Universities, Research and Information Society of the Catalan Government and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), who remain its patrons.
The ICN works concurrently in Scientific Research in Nanoscience, primarily via European and national collaborative projects, and in Technology Research, Nanotechnology, in areas of internal expertise and co-development with private industry. Its aim is to achieve the highest level of scientific and technological excellence in both fields, nanoscience and nanotechnology.
Job Description:
The research activity is part of an ongoing project that consists on the study the optimal reaction path for the preparation of graphene nanoislands of selected shape using different bottom-up strategies. Some of the results of this study have already been published in Nano Lett., 2012, 12 (9), pp 4431–4436. The successful applicant will extend the study in the improvement of the quality of graphene nanostructures regarding size and shape selec-tivity, study of their electronic and magnetic properties and their application as a building block for the synthesis of more complex structures.

The positions are granted for a period of up to 4 years. The successful applicant will be en-rolled in the Ph.D program of the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

The Autonomous University campus is situated 25 minutes by metro north from the city of Barcelona. It is a multidisciplinary environment with a large international student community. Further information about the group and university campus can be found at and

A completed or about to be completed degree in physics or physical chemistry is required. Experience in scanning probe techniques and ultra-high-vacuum environment is welcome.

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Date Posted: April 15, 2013