Postdoc Scholarship in Photon Upconversion Nanotechnology for Energy Applications – Sweden

Applications are invited for Fully Funded Postdoc Scholarship in Photon Upconversion Nanotechnology for Energy Applications at the Department of Theoretical Chemistry and Biology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.


The infrared (IR) region, containing almost half of the irradiated solar energy, has long constituted the hardest part to be utilized in the solar irradiation spectrum in solar cells. This is because that the involved photosensitizers such as dyes and perovskites typically have limited response to IR light. The loss of these sub-band-gap photons is a major obstacle on the way of improving efficiency of solar cells. Without altering the already existing designs and merits of solar cells, photon upconversion (UC) nanotechnology mediated by lanthanide upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) can provide a solution to circumvent this transmission loss by converting two or more sub-band-gap photons into one above-band-gap photon.

The incorporation of UCNPs in our laboratory has remarkably improved the performance of solar cells in the IR range. However, to fully exploit the prospect of UCNPs in photovoltaic devices, some issues remains to be overcome, e.g., their relatively low response at weak light irradiation. The aim of this project is to explore the potential of combining UCNPs with optical microstructures to overcome such barriers to promote their use in energy applications.


Successful applicant will receive the following benefits:

  • Amount of scholarship: Swedish Krona 324.000 (+324.000)
  • Full time 01 year employment


To be eligible for Postdoc scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Hold a PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Micro- or Nanosystem Fabrications or related subjects
  • Experience with synthesis of inorganic nanomaterials, surface chemistry, polymer technology are strong merits
  • Highly motivated for postdoctoral studies, possess the ability to work independently and perform critical analysis
  • Good communication skills in English language (oral and written) are required


To apply for Postdoc Scholarship in Photon Upconversion Nanotechnology for Energy Applications, the application must include the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover letter (detailing both your previous scientific work experience and your interest in this position)
  • Research statement (max 02 pages)
  • Contact information for three references

Apply to this scholarship by e-mail to

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Publish Date:
Institute Name: KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Degree/Course: Postdoc
Deadline: October 16, 2019
Country: Sweden
Course Start:
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