Vacancies

4 PhD student positions are available at ALD Research Group (Updated on 25th June 2022)

Project 1: Atomic layer deposition of functional nanocoatings for solid-state Lithium batteries (PI: Dr. Viet Huong Nguyen)

Project 2: Atmospheric plasma enhanced spatial atomic layer deposition of functional nanocoatings (PI: Dr. Viet Huong Nguyen)

Link to Job Description of Project 1 and Project 2

If you are interested in joining our these projects, please send your application materials directly to Dr. Viet Huong Nguyen (huong.nguyenviet@phenikaa-uni.edu.vn). The positions are open until filled.


Project 3: Atomic and Molecular Layer Deposition for Pharmaceuticals (PI: Dr. Hao Van Bui)

Quality of pharmaceutical products relies on the characteristics of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). Most of APIs are organic solids that naturally possess poor flowability, wettability, compactability, and dispersion. These are major disadvantages not only for pharmaceutical manufacturing, but also for achieving targeted properties of the pharmaceutical products. Recent studies demonstrate that surface engineering of pharmaceutical powders by biocompatible coatings can address these issues.

In this project, we will employ atomic layer deposition (ALD) and its organic counterpart, molecular layer deposition (MLD), to deposit thin films of inorganic compounds (e.g., Al2O3, SiO2, and TiO2), organic compounds (e.g., poly[ethylene terephthalate]) and hybrid materials (e.g., titanicone, magnesicone) to tailor the properties of pharmaceutical powders. By doing so, we aim to achieve the capability of controlling the flowability, wettability, hydrophilicity, especially the solubility and release rate of pharmaceutical powders.

As a PhD student, you will be responsible for designing and performing experiments on pharmaceutical powder coatings by ALD and MLD techniques and material characterizations using the facilities in-house at Phenikaa University and our collaborators such as ICP-OES, MS, SEM, UV-VIS, FTIR, TGA… under the supervision of Dr. Hao Van Bui. You will be also in charge of investigating the influence of the coating layers on the flowability, wettability, hydrophilicity, solubility, and release rate of pharmaceutical powders. For this part of the project, you will be working under the supervision of Dr. Tuan Hiep Tran of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Phenikaa University. Furthermore, you will be involved in supervising master and bachelor students in performing experiments in the labs.

YOUR PROFILE

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with excellent academic skills. A Master's degree in Pharmacy, Medicinal Chemistry, Materials Science, Physical Chemistry, or Chemical Engineering is required. Hands on experiences in thin film deposition and characterizations, pre-formulations in pharmaceutics or pharmaceutical technology are highly desirable. Good written and oral communication skills in English (minimally IELTS 5.0, TOEFL 65 or TOIC 650) are required.

OUR OFFER

  • A fulltime position for three years, with a qualifier in the first year.

  • A monthly gross salary of 10.000.000 VND in the first year, which may increase to 14.000.000 VND in the third year depending on your performance.

  • Fully covered tuition fees and research costs (e.g., materials, chemicals, and material characterization costs).

  • A dynamic ecosystem with an enthusiastic team in a stimulating scientific environment.

INFORMATION AND APPLICATION

Please send your application to Dr. Hao Van Bui (hao.buivan@phenikaa-uni.edu.vn) and Dr. Tuan Hiep Tran (hiep.trantuan@phenikaa-uni.edu.vn) by 15th July 2022. Applications should include a specific motivation letter and a detailed CV. The project is ready to start.

For more information, please refer to ALD Research Group website: https://aldlab.phenikaa-uni.edu.vn/home.

Project 4: Advanced Catalysts for Fuel Cells by Atmospheric-Pressure Atomic Layer Deposition (PI: Dr. Hao Van Bui)

Conventional fuel cells commonly use carbon black as the support for Pt nanoparticle catalysts. This combination exploits the high specific area of the carbon and the high catalytic activity of Pt. However, the high cost of Pt is a major concern of industrial manufacturing. Therefore, it is important to maximize the use efficiency of the noble metal. One of the efficient ways to achieve high-efficiency Pt catalysts is downsizing the Pt to the few-nanometer range, or even smaller, i.e., sub-nanometer and single atoms.

The main goal of this project is to develop controllable processes for the fabrication of high-efficiency and cost-effective catalysts at a large scale for fuel cells by atmospheric-pressure atomic layer deposition (ALD), which is performed using fluidized bed reactors (FBRs), a special reactor type for ALD on powder-based materials. We will deposit Pt nanoparticles in a highly controlled manner on various carbon supports, including Vulcan carbon, graphene nanoplatelets and carbon nanotubes, and further explore the possibility of reducing the Pt content in the catalysts by creating alloys of Pt and a less expensive metal, such as Ni, Co and Mn.

As a PhD student, you will be responsible for designing and performing experiments on the synthesis and characterizations of the catalysts using the facilities in-house at Phenikaa University and our collaborators such as XRD, ICP-OES, MS, SEM, UV-VIS, FTIR, TGA… under the supervision of Dr. Hao Van Bui. You will be also in charge of investigating the (photo)electrochemical properties and evaluating the performance of the synthesized catalysts as electrode materials for fuel cells. For this part of the project, you will be working under the supervision of Dr. Manh Tu Le of the Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Phenikaa University. Furthermore, you will be involved in supervising master and bachelor students in performing experiments in the labs.

YOUR PROFILE

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with excellent academic skills. A Master's degree in Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, or Chemical Engineering is required. Hands on experiences in thin film deposition (CVD, ALD) and materials characterization (especially XRD, ICP-OES and Mass spectrometry), (photo)electrochemistry, fabrication and characterization of fuel cells and other energy conversion and storage devices are highly desirable. Good written and oral communication skills in English (IELTS 5.0, TOEFL 65 or TOIC 650) are required.

OUR OFFER

  • A fulltime position for three years, with a qualifier in the first year.

  • A monthly gross salary of 10.000.000 VND in the first year, which may increase to 14.000.000 VND in the third year depending on your performance.

  • Fully covered tuition fees and research costs (e.g., materials, chemicals, and material characterization costs).

  • A dynamic ecosystem with an enthusiastic team in a stimulating scientific environment.

INFORMATION AND APPLICATION

Please send your application to Dr. Hao Van Bui (hao.buivan@phenikaa-uni.edu.vn) and Dr. Manh Tu Le (tu.lemanh@phenikaa-uni.edu.vn) by 15th July 2022. Applications should include a specific motivation letter and a detailed CV. The project is ready to start.

For more information, please refer to ALD Research Group website: https://aldlab.phenikaa-uni.edu.vn/home.