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Korea-Tübingen PhD Program: Project 11/2024: PhD Project Title: Surfaces and interfaces of transition metal dichalcogenides

Topic Description: The recently increasing research efforts devoted to layered transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) derives from their fascinating electronic and magnetic properties. Nowadays they are promising alternatives to conventional semiconductor materials enabling novel future applications. Although interfaces play a crucial role for applications in devices, the nature of interactions is often poorly understood. Further, electronic properties of TDMCs can be tuned by the adsorption of molecules. The investigation the interaction mechanism of mechanism between organic or inorganic materials will be the focus of this project. For the characterization of the electronic structure of TMDC surfaces and interfaces mainly photoemission spectroscopy (PES) and ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy (UPS) in the home-lab and at synchrotron radiation sources will be applied. The geometrical structure of adsorbates will be studied by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) in ultrahigh vacuum.

Faculty: Faculty of Science
Institute/Section/Subject: Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

Supervising Professor(s): apl. Prof. Dr. Heiko Peisert

About the Supervisor(s): Apl. Prof. Dr. Heiko Peisert is the leader of the research group “Interfaces of organic semiconductors”. For many years he studied the electronic structure of organic materials and their interfaces (organic/ inorganic and organic/organic) using various surface-analytical methods, including photoelectron spectroscopy (PES), scanning microscope methods (STM, AFM), x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) in the lab and at synchrotron radiation sources. He. He published more than 160 papers in peer-revied journals and is referee for more than 20 scientific journals. For further information, see: http://www.uni-tuebingen.de/de/43390

Requirements for the application:
Required Degrees: Master degree in Physical Chemistry or Physics
Language Requirements: English (IELTS 6,5 or TOEFL equivalent)
Notes: none

For further instructions on how to apply, more information on the program and contact details please see below.
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Korea-Tübingen PhD Program
The University of Tübingen have established a PhD Program which supports Korean nationals from partner Universities wishing to carry out all or part of their PhD study in Tübingen.

  • Cheju National University
  • Chonbuk National University
  • Chungnam National University
  • Ewha Womans University
  • Hanyang University
  • Korea University
  • Pusan National University
  • Seoul National University
  • Sogang University
  • Sookmyung Women's University
  • Sungkyunkwan University
  • Yonsei University


  • Aims:
    • providing high quality research training to qualified students from Korean universities
    • developing education and research collaborations between the University of Tübingen and Korean universities and research institutions

    Target group:
    Excellent postgraduate and doctoral students from Korean partner universities who are citizens and permanent residents of the Republic of Korea at the time of application

    Application Process:
    • June 30: Application deadline. Applications must be handed in through the online application system of the University of Tübingen
    • between July 4 and 7: round of interviews in English
    • by July 30: Successful applicants will be officially informed and provided letters of admission.
    • by Oct 1: Program participants arrive in Tübingen

    • How to Apply:
      In order to apply you need to upload the following documents combined in 1 PDF
      • Cover/Motivation letter with the description of academic characteristics that qualify you to complete the PhD project successfully
      • CV
      • Academic transcripts*
      • Proof of proficient English language skills - TOEFL iBT 95 or IELTS 6.5 or equivalent

      *List of required Academic transcripts (including official translation into German or English for documents issued in Korean)
      1) Bachelor’s Degree Award Certificate / Bachelor Gradverleihungsurkunde
      2) Transcript of the subjects and marks / Fächer- und Notenübersicht for your Bachelor’s degree/ für das Bachelorstudium
      3) Master’s Degree Award Certificate / Master-Gradverleihungsurkunde
      4) Transcript of the subjects and marks for your Master’s Degree / Fächer- und Notenübersicht für das Masterstudium


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