Contract type: Internship
Duration: 6 months
The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) is a mission-driven Research and Technology Organization (RTO) that develops advanced technologies and delivers innovative products and services to industry and society. As a major engine of the diversification and growth of Luxembourg’s economy through innovation, LIST supports the deployment of a number of solutions to a wide range of sectors, including energy, IT, telecommunications, environment, agriculture, and advanced manufacturing at national and European level. Thanks to its location in an exceptional collaborative environment, namely the Belval Innovation Campus, LIST accelerates time to market by maximizing synergies with different actors, including the university, the national funding agency and industrial clusters.
The Materials Research and Technology Department (MRT) translates cutting-edge materials research into applicable technology, with about 180 collaborators. For this, the department cultivates close relationships and joint projects with both academic and industrial partners, and contributes to Luxembourg's and Europe's innovation agenda in Materials Research and Technology.
One of the objectives of the Materials Characterization and Testing Platform (MCTP) within the Materials Research and Technology (MRT) Department is to support the development new advanced materials. In addition, the MCTP offers on-demand analytical support to external partners in the frame of short-term service work as well as in longer-term collaborations with industrial partners. In the frame of such collaborations for instance, materials with hard coatings for wear protection and sensors are developed.
To achieve this, the MCTP has a constantly evolving expertise in a wide range of analytical techniques, which is in line with the needs of the research units. In that respect a number of high level instruments such X-Ray Photoelectron and dynamic Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometers are available. Regarding the structural characterisation, two X-Ray Diffractometers are available to answer analytical questions in relation to the crystalline structure of materials and coatings developed in LIST.
In LIST, researchers work on the development of innovative coatings and materials having specific properties. As the structure and preferential orientation often define relevant material properties for a given application, its structural characterization in a given state/environment is of high importance for the development of future application specific materials.
The aim of this internship is to develop and optimize methods and tools in order for interpreting data on materials/coatings showing preferential orientation. The candidate will learn how to use X-ray diffraction and will be involved in optimizing the tools and methodologies to investigate preferred orientation of coatings used in innovative applications. Before XRD analysis, the studied materials may also be investigated using other techniques like Atomic Force Microscopy and Scanning Electron Microscopy in order to gain a more complete picture of the material in question.