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M.Sc. Laura Wagner

Offered Bachelor’s or Master’s Theses Topics

Exploration of Novel Photoactive Ternary Nitrides
The Chair for Experimental Semiconductor Physics (Prof. Sharp) at the Walter Schottky Institute of the Technical University Munich (TUM) investigates novel photoelectrode materials for solar energy conversion applications. Our research explores new materials and different design strategies to improve the photoelectrochemical (PEC) activity and stability of energy materials under operation conditions. Here for, transition metal nitrides represent a versatile chemical space for creating new functional materials with tunable properties for a variety of applications, including e.g. solid-state lighting, integrated circuits, and photocatalysis. This master thesis focuses in the first half on the synthesis and exploration of an unreported novel ternary nitride semiconductor with the goal to develop a new, efficient and stable photoanode. The second part will be dedicated to overcome stability and efficiency limiting effects such as oxidation and corrosion via the applications of surface passivation coatings and treatments. In our group, you will have the chance to gain hands-on experience in reactive magnetron co-sputtering and other sophisticated physical vapor deposition methods, state-of-the-art spectroscopy and microscopy techniques, optoelectronic and diffraction techniques, as well as detailed understanding of the physics of functional semiconductors. Dedicated support from a PhD student will be available during your project. We are looking for a highly motivated student with background knowledge in semiconductor physics and/or photoelectrochemistry.
suitable as
  • Master’s Thesis Condensed Matter Physics
Supervisor: Ian Sharp
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