PhD: Photochromism in Oxyhydrides

Elucidating the photochromic transition of YOH

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Landelijk / geen vaste standplaats
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 2840 per maand


Recently, the unique photochromic properties of YOH were discovered. Unlike other photochromic materials, these materials darken over a large fraction of the solar spectrum upon illumination. The contrast is large, and UV is not required for the excitation. This makes these materials optimally suited for the inside of double glazed window panes. However, the bleaching of the photodarkened material is slow. To solve this problem we need to know more about the mechanism of the effect. Hence, the aim of the project is an in-depth study to elucidate the photochromic transition by a variety of thin film characterisation techniques. At the same time, we will further explore the properties of other oxyhydrides using combinatorial thin film techniques with sputtering and pulsed laser deposition.


You have a recently completed Master degree in Materials Science, Physical Chemistry or Condensed Matter Physics, preferably with a focus on optical and/or semiconducting properties. You have excellent academic qualifications and a passion for materials research. Strong experimental as well as communication skills and a pioneering mentality are essential for this project.


The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers child care and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit for more information.

For more information about this position, please contact Prof. B. Dam, phone: +31 (0)15-2784342, e-mail: To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV including a list of publications/presentations and three references along with a letter of application by 15 October 2017 to Noortje Fousert,
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number TNWCE17-036.

Additional information

B. Dam
+31 (0)15-2784342

Technische Universiteit Delft


Delft University of Technology (the TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. The TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At the TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. The TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools. Applied Sciences Within the Chemical Engineering Department of the Faculty of Applied Sciences, the Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage (MECS) section develops new materials for sustainable energy applications. Current research activities include hydrogen storage materials, hydrogen sensors, photocatalysis and photo-electrochemistry, core-shell quantum dots for next-generation photovoltaics, and materials for CO2 capture and sequestration.


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