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M/F PhD Chemistry and Solid State Physics of New Nickel-Based Superconductors

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General information

Reference : UMR5026-FREBON0-055
Workplace : PESSAC
Date of publication : Friday, April 17, 2020
Scientific Responsible name : Alain DEMOURGUES
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 October 2020
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross monthly

Description of the thesis topic

This thesis at the frontier of solid state chemistry and superconductor physics aims to synthesize and characterize superconducting nickelate powders and crystals and to investigate their physical properties. We will use two strategies to induce and optimize superconducting properties: modification of doping and electronic interactions by a chemical design approach at ICMCB (modification of the chemical formula/crystalline structure) and modification/optimization of electronic interactions by applying pressure at Néel Institute. The PhD student will benefit from theoretical support in order to better understand the parameters favorable to the development of the superconducting state. This CNRS-funded thesis is at the interface of chemistry and physics. It will be co-supervised by ICMCB in Bordeaux (A. Demourgues, B. Vignolle) and Neel Institute in Grenoble (P. Rodière). The student will be based mainly at ICMCB where he/she will carry out physico-chemical syntheses and characterizations. He/she will make several stays in Grenoble for physical measurements and will also participate in TGIR measurements (ESRF, SOLEIL, ILL, LNCMI). The candidate will have an initial training in either solid state chemistry or solid state physics and will have a strong interest in materials synthesis.

Work Context

Created in 1995, the Bordeaux Institute of Condensed Matter Chemistry (ICMCB)
focuses its research on Solid Chemistry, Materials Science and
Molecular Sciences: designing, preparing, shaping and characterizing
materials to discover, master and optimize specific functions.
The ICMCB carries out fundamental research on model materials and / or
likely to have applications.
The complementarity of the approaches and the synergy thus created have enabled the Institute
consolidate its national and international position in the field of materials.

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