Up to two Ph.D positions on the area of advanced glass synthesis

Up to two Ph.D positions on the area of advanced glass synthesis

We are presently looking for up to two Ph.D students to work on the area of gas- and/or liquid-phase deposition of inorganic materials. This work is supported by the European Research Council. The prospective candidates are to cover one of the following areas: liquid-phase deposition of disordered oxide materials and their doping with noble and post-transition metals in vitro formation of ultra-small particles inside PVD-deposited non-crystalline oxide layers, their magnetic and electrical interaction 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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ERC-Grant for research into new types of glass

In the coming five years, our group will be backed by the European Research Council through an ERC Consolidator Grant won by Lothar. The project "UTOPES" challenges today's engineering concepts for the generation of glassy materials towards the conception of new tools in glass processing. For that, melt deposition, isothermal deposition from liquid phases, and gas-phase deposition of non-crystalline materials will be treated - within the class of inorganic glasses - in a generalist approach, unified by the understanding that glass formation represents the only strict deviation from self-organization, and that, hence, the evolution of structural complexity in glassy materials can be tailored on any length-scale through adequate processing. Providing a topological scheme for the quantification and chemical tailoring of structural complexity, UTOPES will answer to the challenge of finding order in disorder, and will thus break the grounds for the third generation of glasses with properties beyond what is presently thought of as the limits of physical engineering. Link to press...
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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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