Understanding thin film structure as a pathway towards improved organic light emitting diodes

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

Supervisor - Professor Ian Gentlei.gentle@uq.edu.au

Organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) represent the next generation technology for displays and lighting. Despite their rapid uptake in recent years, several factors limit their broader application, including the fact that their efficiency decreases significantly at high brightness. This project aims to develop solutions to this problem, using sophisticated methods to understand the molecular structure of ultra-thin films. The methods include the use of synchrotron X-ray and neutron methods, combined with computer simulations to work towards new design rules for OLEDs with greatly improved efficiency and brightness for low energy consumption lighting and bright, long-lasting displays.

Preferred educational background

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant's previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

A working knowledge of experimental methods related to organic thin films would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of physical chemistry and/or experimental physics and the potential for scholastic success.

*The successful candidate must commence by Research Quarter 2, 2023. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date. International applicants may need to apply much earlier for visa reasons.

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