“Hybrid nanoarchitectures for renewable energy applications”

jointly supervised by

Prof. Dr. Patrik Schmuki and Prof. Radek Zboril

The Photoelectrochemical Division of the Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials at Palacký University in Olomouc (Czech Republic) announce the opening of a new postdoctoral position in scanning electrochemical microscopy for renewable energy applications. The position is open within the European project “Hybrid nanoarchitectures for renewable energy applications” jointly supervised by Profs. Patrik Schmuki and Radek Zboril.

The successful candidate will receive a one-year (to be possible extended up to five-years) contract at Palacký University in Olomouc in the Czech Republic. This unique position is open immediately for qualified applicants.

The research group(s):

The research work of the co-operating groups (RCPTM, LKO) focuses on the development, characterization, and testing the functional properties of advanced nano-heterostructures based on TiO2, Fe2O3, WO3, etc. combined with various hybrid heteropartners (co-catalysts, multilayer assemblies, optical sensitization, etc.) for solar water splitting.

The inorganic materials are primarily synthetized by state-of-the-art plasma-assisted deposition techniques involving high-power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) and plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) methods as well as chemical pathways such as hydrothermal growth, spray pyrolysis, doctor blading, etc.

The applicant responsibilities:

  • Controlled synthesis of inorganic nanostructured materials (mainly TiO2; α-Fe2O3, WO3, BiVO4, etc.).
  • Preparation of the inorganic nanostructures (nanotubes, nano- and meso-porous structures, nanowires) by means of electrochemical anodization of magnetron sputtered metal and alloy films;
  • Synthesis/binding the counterparts towards hybrid nanostructures;
  • Complex, crystallinity, morphology, chemical, optical and surface characterization of the hybrid nanostructures;
  • Complex testing of photoinduced functionality of the prepared systems particularly by photoelectrochemistry and electrochemistry (J-V characteristics, carrier lifetimes, transient spectroscopy, IPCE, APCE, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, hydrogen evolution, etc.).

Required experience:

  • At least two years of experience in photoelectrochemistry and electrochemistry of semiconductors for solar fuel production;
  • Chemical growth of nanostructures – hydrothermal method, electrochemical anodization, electrodeposition, doctor blading;
  • Surface chemistry – combination and coupling of various interactive heterogeneous partners (e.g. TiO2/carbon based materials, α-Fe2O3 / co-catalyst, multilayer assemblies, etc.);
  • Understanding of advanced methods and results of nanomaterials characterization (HRTEM, TEM, XPS, XRD, Raman spectroscopy, EPR, GI-XRD).


We offer a stimulating environment, attractive salary, and a unique opportunity to join two well-known research groups with state of the art instrumentation including plasma-assisted deposition methods (HiPIMS, PECVD), cryoHRTEM, AFM, STM, FIB/SEM, SEM, SQUID, PPMS, XPS and advanced Raman spectroscopy, GDOES, in-field Mössbauer spectroscopy, NMR, fluorescence spectroscopy, and one of the best equipped electrochemical and photoelectrochemical laboratory in Europe.

Formal requirements:

PhD or equivalent in any field of Chemistry; good publication record, excellent oral and written English.

Research Fields:

Chemistry – Physical chemistry

Career Stage:

Experienced researcher or 4-10 yrs. (Post-Doc)

Research Profile:

Recognized Researcher (R2)

Comment/web site for additional job details:

Submit an application including a curriculum vitae and a list of publications to: radek.zboril@upol.czschmuki@ww.uni-erlangen.destepan.kment@upol.czalberto.naldoni@upol.cz.

Arrange for a letter of recommendation to be sent directly to the same email addresses.

Screening of applicants will resume immediately. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview.