Ph.D student Zhao-Yue Yao successfully defended thesis

Congratulations to Ph.D student Zhao-Yue Yao who successfully defended her Ph.D thesis on February 24, 2016! Zhao-Yue's work on the mechanical properties of Cu-Zn and Pb-borate glasses was conducted in an intense collaboration with the "Mechanics and Glasses" group (LARMAUR) at the University of Rennes 1, Rennes, France, where she spent half of her Ph.D time....
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Priority Programme 1594 on the development of ultrastrong glasses enters second phase

Following successful evaluation, German Science Foundation's priority program PP 1594 "Topological Engineering of Ultra-Strong Glasses" is embarking into its second 3-year period. The programme - coordinated by Lothar Wondraczek at the Laboratory of Glass Science - brings together scientists from all Germany, covering a broad range of research areas, to tackle the fundamental issues of elasticity, plasticity and material failure in disordered solids. (Link to Press Release) in German...
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Solar spectral conversion in artificial and natural photosynthesis

Solar energy harvesting is often limited by the spectral sensitivity of the employed energy conversion system. In many applications, large parts of the solar spectrum do either not contribute to the harvesting scheme, or the full energetic potential of each photon cannot be put to use in the generation of electrical or chemical energy. Extrinsic sensitization through photoluminescent spectral conversion has been proposed as a route to at least partially overcome this problem. In a recent feature article which has been chosen for the cover page of Advanced Science, we discuss our related work in the emerging context of photochemical energy harvesting and storage through natural or artificial photosynthesis. Reference: L. Wondraczek, E. Tyystjärvi, J. Méndez-Ramos, F. A. Müller, Q. Zhang: Shifting the Sun: Solar spectral conversion and extrinsic sensitization in natural and artificial photosynthesis. Adv. Sci. 2, art. no. 1500218 (2015). Link to article: Click here ...
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Up to three Ph.D positions on the area of gas- and liquid-phase deposition of disordered inorganic materials

We are presently looking for up to three Ph.D students to work on the area of gas- and/or liquid-phase deposition of inorganic materials. This work is a multi-laboratory effort and supported as a junior research group by the Carl Zeiss Foundation. The prospective candidates are to cover one of the following areas: computational (atomistic) simulation of deposition processes liquid-phase deposition of disordered refractory oxide materials chemical vapour deposition and structural heterogeneity For application, please initially submit your CV and a motivation letter to: lothar.wondraczek_at_uni-jena.de Positions will be filled continuously....
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