19/02/2019
The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers

Studying water in extreme confinement through the development of a coupled nanofluidic-nanomechanics


  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    CNRS
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Physics
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    04/04/2019 23:59 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    France › MONTPELLIER
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    35
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    02/09/2019

The candidate will be in charge of:
- Developing the fabrication processing
- Developing the experimental bench combining nanomechanics and nanofluidics
- Performing and analyzing the experiments
- Redacting and present the results

The candidate may:
- Participate in the supervision of students
- Participate in the diffusion of the results, by attending to conferences (international and national), redacting scientific publications and/or taking part in other communication activities (website, social networks, vulgarization events, etc.)

The aim of the project is to experimentally investigate the properties of water in extreme confinement inside carbon nanotubes.

Confining matter at the nanoscale leads to the appearance of physical properties that differ fundamentally from the bulk. It is particularly true for water: water molecules adopt unique structures under confinement, which influences both its phase diagram and flow properties.
At this scale, the number of particles involved is quite small, on the order of a few hundred of molecules. Therefore, original methods are to be invented to sensitively probe the physics of those objects.
Nanomechanics is capable to take up this challenge, and in particular nano resonators made of carbon nanotube. Carbon nanotube mechanical oscillator have an exquisite sensitivity, down to the mass of a single proton. Carbon nanotube are also an ideal confinement matrix, as they have intrinsically very few defects. Besides, their structure and their fabrication are technologically mature.

The project will focus on developing an original nanofluidic-nanomechanic platform, with aim to probe the structure of confined matter, its phase transitions and the physics of flows at this scale.

The work will be carried at Laboratoire Charles Coulomb at the University of Montpellier, within the team 'Nanomaterials'. The team focuses on experimental physics.
The work will be supervised by Adrien Noury (PI), CNRS researcher.

The project is funded through a grant (CNRS Momentum) covering the functioning and equipment costs.

Eligibility criteria

The candidate (M/F) should hold a PhD degree in experimental Physics.
She/he should have experience in MEMS/NEMS and/or clean-room fabrication techniques and/or micro/nanofluidics.

The project imply the following techniques and skills:
- Vacuum
- Cryogenics
- Nanofluidics
- Nanomechanics
- Low-noise electronics
- Clean-room fabrication
- Optics (Raman scattering and/or Photoluminescence)
- Programming (Python)
All these skills may be acquired or reinforced during the project by internal training.

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Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Physics
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    None

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Physics: PhD or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    FRENCH: Basic

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Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Laboratoire Charles Coulomb
France
MONTPELLIER

EURAXESS offer ID: 381057
Posting organisation offer ID: 8279