Contract type: Internship
Duration: 4-6 months
Through its research into advanced materials and processes, the “Materials Research and Technology” (MRT) department contributes, through its 160 researchers and engineers, to the emergence of enabling technologies that underpin the innovation processes of local and international industry. MRT’s activities hinge on three thematic pillars: nanomaterials and nanotechnology, sustainable composite materials and manufacturing and process technologies, including scientific instrumentation.
The department also sports two high-tech platforms, one focusing on composites and one providing characterization and testing. Both platforms are open to LIST research staff as well as other Luxembourg stakeholders. Lastly, the department leverages its charged particle beam expertise through the development of new nano-imaging and nano-analysis technologies.
The Nanomaterials/Nanotechnology Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) unit addresses specific technology fields like transducing materials for sensors and actuators, photocatalysis and energy harvesters/suppliers, transparent electronics and conductive/optical nanocomposites, point-of-care and drug delivery and relies on state-of-the-art clean-room laboratory facility. Internal research is pushed towards the "proof-of-concept" based on simple prototyped devices. In parallel, new synthesis processes and nanomaterials integration are developed in order to achieve unique elaboration capabilities and materials properties leveraging the innovation of advanced products.
The aim of the internship is to work on the synthesis of new carbon based copper composites. In a framework of an ongoing industrial project, the candidate will fabricate new carbon copper composites based on spraying techniques and/or chemical vapour deposition techniques coupled to electroplating.
The electrochemical storage performances of such new materials will be investigated for Li-Ion batteries applications.
Sample characterisations will mainly be carried out with optical microscopy and scanning electronic microscopy. Chemical characterisations will be investigated with the onsite available techniques (EDX, TOF-SIMS, DRX and XPS eventually).
Electrochemical characterizations will be performed with El Cell electrochemical cells.