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Student projects

If you are interested in doing a bachelor or master project in the Optical Spectroscopy of Fuctional Nanomaterials group, below you will find a few examples of very interesting projects that you can do in our group.

Besides these projects, there are many other projects and possiblitities. Feel free to contact Prof. Richard Hildner to discuss all options !


Master research projects

Thermal annealing and in-situ spectroscopy of nanofibers

Controlled self-assembly of organic molecules into nanofibers is a promising approach to improve the efficiency of organic solar cells and facilitate new photonic nanodevices. Molecular order directly affects the optical properties of the sample, and can thus be monitored with a broad range of spectroscopic experiments. In this master thesis, you’ll investigate the packing behaviour of arrays of highly oriented nanofibers by combining thermal treatment with in-situ spectroscopy.

Thermal annealing and in-situ spectroscopy of nanofibers
Thermal annealing and in-situ spectroscopy of nanofibers

Your contribution:
- Operate state-of-the art equipment for spatially- and time-resolved spectroscopy
- Integrate a heating stage into an existing spectroscopy experiment
- Perform in-situ fluorescence- and absorption spectroscopy
- Analyse spectroscopic data to understand how heating affects molecular assemblies

If you want to learn more and get to know us:
Prof. dr. Richard Hildner, Office: 5117.0011, Email: r.m.hildner@rug.nl, Tel: +31 50 36 38149
Sebastian Stäter, Office: 5117.0006, Email: sebastian.staeter@rug.nl, Tel: +31 50 36 32416
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Fluorescence excitation spectroscopy on functional nanofibres

Controlled self-assembly of functional organic molecules into crystalline nanofibres greatly changes their optical and electronic properties, and can enable new building blocks for photonic nanodevices. In this master thesis, you will measure and analyse fluorescence excitation spectra of nanofibres. Comparing them with absorption spectra will lead to insights into inherent energy transfer processes.

P3HT nanostructures
P3HT nanostructures

Your contribution:
- Operate state-of-the-art equipment for spatially- and time-resolved spectroscopy
- Optimise a setup for fluorescence excitation spectroscopy and quantify its sensitivity
- Perform experiments on crystalline nanofibrillar structures
- Analyse spectroscopic data to correlate absorption and fluorescence excitation spectra

If you want to learn more and get to know us:
Prof. dr. Richard Hildner, Office: 5117.0011, Email: r.m.hildner@rug.nl, Tel: +31 50 36 38149
Sebastian Stäter, Office: 5117.0006, Email: sebastian.staeter@rug.nl, Tel: +31 50 36 32416
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