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Korea-Tübingen PhD Program: Project 13/2024: PhD Project Title: Enhanced optical spectroscopy and microscopy of organic molecules

Topic Description: It has been shown that the electronic structures of self-assembled monolayers or two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers can be influenced by their morphologies. In this fundamental science-oriented project, polarized Raman and fluorescence spectroscopy will be applied to derive the molecular orientation, and local structure order of the thin films. Second harmonic generation microscopy and two photon fluorescence will be used to study the defects, and grain boundaries. By imaging the above signals in the Fourier plane, one will further correlate the intensity and energy of the signal with its angular information. In the case of very weak optical signals, different enhancement strategies will be explored making use of the electromagnetic enhancement and chemical enhancement mechanisms. The PhD candidate will get insight into the relationship between the film morphology and their electronic structures. The candidate will also obtain experiences of working with optics and different types of optical microscopes.

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

Supervising Professor(s): apl. Professor Dr. Dai Zhang and Prof. Dr. Alfred J. Meixner

About the Supervisor(s): The expertise of Prof. Dr. Alfred J. Meixner: 1) optical single molecule spectroscopy (fluorescence, Raman scattering), including also quantum dots and gold nanoparticles and 2) multimodal tip/Plasmon enhanced near-field optical microscopy and spectroscopy in the spectral and time domain, respectively. Homepage: www.uni-tuebingen.de/nanospectroscopy
The expertise of apl. Professor Dr. Dai Zhang: 1) Local Raman and photoluminescence microscopy in the linear optical regime, 2) second harmonic generation and two photon photoluminescence microscopy and 3) Local optical properties of novel optoelectronic materials, such as organic semiconductors, perovskites and two-dimensional materials. Homepage: https://uni-tuebingen.de/de/40809

Requirements for the application:
Required Degrees: Master degree in Physical Chemistry, Solid State or Optical 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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