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The relationship of structural features and physical properties is the basis for driving the solid state to a desired functionality. Thus, it is crucial to undergo a structural characterization of the material. The optimal tool for an atomically resolved structure analysis of a single nano crystal is the method ADT, the first 3D ED method providing a scan of the reciprocal space, developed in our group at the EMZ-M in Mainz.

If you are educated in materials science, geosciences, physics or chemistry and you fancy crystallography as well as the work on a high resolution tool like an transmission electron microscope you may feel at place in our group.

Master: Applications are always possible. Contact us

PhD: If you would like to apply as a PhD student the prerequisite is a masters degree or equivalent in a natural science (Physics, chemistry, geoscience, materials science). Good knowledge in crystallography is desirable as well as knowledge in dealing with Python and Matlab programming. Electron microscopic skills are helpful, but not required.

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Open positions:

The NanED Project (Electron Nanocrystallography) aims to train PhD students (EarlyStageResearchers) forming a new generation of electron crystallographers. Its intended to pave the way for future development and establishment of the method more broadly in the academic community and within the industry. This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 956099. Sites: Italy, Sweden, France, Belgium, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Germany.  



Positions have been assigned.


ITN ESR 8 (@ JGU) : Structural investigation of cement hydration mechanism by electron crystallography

Investigation of cement in its production process and throughout its hydration to produce for example concrete covers the exploration of a variety of new exciting crystal structures thus, supporting the urgent need to reduce CO2 emission. For this, the development and optimization of sample preparation strategies for hydrated samples, strategies for the acquisition of diffuse scattering of beam sensitive nano particles as well as in-situ investigation of the hydration process is necessary. Existing routines for the combination of simulation and experiment of diffuse scattering need to be adapted for quantitative analysis of the disorder.

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ITN ESR 9 (@ JGU): Electron crystallographic applications for defect structures of nano crystals

The project focus is on the investigation of applied materials in the field of battery research and glass ceramics from the medical field in the form of agglomerated powders and thin films. Therefore, crystal tracking routines for the acquisition of 3D electron diffraction data from powder and thin films as well as routines for the quantitative analysis of the diffuse 3D scattering of defects of different dimensions need to be developed. To optimize the quantitative analysis of defect structures, physical effects such as inelastic scattering but also the handling of external intensities of neighboring particles must be taken into account.

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