This work will be performed in the group of Prof. Taurino, who works jointly between the Semiconductor Physics (HF) division (department of Physics and Astronomy) and the Micro and Nanosystems (MNS) division (Electrical Engineering department), in strong collaboration with the division of Quantum Solid State Physics (QSP) (department of Physics and Astronomy). QSP core facilities will be key for the controlled synthesis of nanosized precipitates, i.e., the Ion and Molecular Beam Laboratory (for ion implantation) and the Cluster Deposition Facility (for soft landing of clusters). The atomic-scale structure of the precipitates will be characterized using the large range of techniques available within QSP, and complemented by electrochemical and compositional characterization tools in the HF and MNS divisions. The current position exploits the capabilities and experimental facilities of Prof. Janssens and Prof. Vantomme and bridges to the field of sensors and biomedical applications (Prof. Taurino’s core expertise). KU Leuven, established in 1425, ranks number 42 on the Times Higher Education list. Moreover, according to the Reuters ranking, it is the seventh most innovative university worldwide (number one in Europe, after six American universities).
Diabetes mellitus is a group of metabolic diseases characterized by chronic hyperglycaemia resulting from defects in insulin secretion, action or both. It is a major public health problem causing high costs for individuals and society. If left untreated, the chronic hyperglycaemia will lead to long-term damage, dysfunction and failure of various organs. During the last decades, several technologies have been developed to monitor glucose in diabetics (e.g., finger-stick blood tests and lately continuous glucose monitors). Such sensors are unpleasant, show a limited operational time window and expose patients to a high risk of infection and scarring if conceived for a real-time control.
This project aims at overcoming the above-mentioned limitations with the use of size-controlled and composition-controlled metal nanoclusters. The syntheses of nanoclusters on/underneath the electrode material are wafer-compatible and enable a fine control of particle size, composition and density. Thus, the candidate will attain fundamental insight in the interplay between structure, morphology, composition and electrochemical properties of the nanocluster-based electrodes for sensing glucose. Thanks to the unique experimental features and the implementation of a systematic experimental study, he/she will devise a novel electrode material with unrivaled electrochemical activity towards glucose in simulated interstitial fluid. The project’s goal is to break new ground in the development guidelines of glucose monitors for lifelong functional duration and high user-acceptability.
The results of this interdisciplinary research will lead to new scientific insights in the field of chemical sensing and bioengineering.
We are looking for an enthusiastic PhD candidate who shows a proactive attitude towards research in new electrochemical materials for biosensing. The candidate had the interest in working between physics and chemistry labs.
You can apply for this job by February 28th 2023 via the online application tool by providing the following documents
- A CV mentioning three reference people
- Motivation letter
- Complete transcripts of Bachelor and Master Degree
- Any certificate proving your proficiency in English
For more information please contact Prof. Irene Taurino, mail: email@example.com or Prof. Ewald Janssens, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Prof. André Vantomme, mail: email@example.com
KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. For any questions related to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be
You can apply for this job no later than February 28, 2023 via the online application tool
KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.
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