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SURF: Announcements of Opportunity

Below are Announcements of Opportunity posted by Caltech faculty and JPL technical staff for the SURF program. Additional AOs for the Amgen Scholars program can be found here.

Specific GROWTH projects being offerred for summer 2019 can be found here.

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Announcements of Opportunity are posted as they are received. Please check back regularly for new AO submissions! Remember: This is just one way that you can go about identifying a suitable project and/or mentor.

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Students pursuing opportunities at JPL must be
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Project:  Defects in Metal-Halide Perovskites
Disciplines:  Physics, Chemistry
Mentor:  Michael Tonry, Distingusished staff scientist, (PMA),, Phone: 650 926 2056
Mentor URL:  (opens in new window)
Background:  NOTE: Two of the distinguishing properties of Metal-Halide Perovskites that sets them apart from conventional semiconductors is the dynamical disorder present in the lattice and the propensity to form defects, largely halide vacancies. These phenomena have tremendous impact of the HPSC performance as the lattice dynamics is important in the cooling and transport of photoexcited charges (i.e., electron-phonon coupling) and point defects facilitate ion motion, which strongly impacts instability.
Description:  The position involves quantifying the defect nature as a function of perovskite composition and formation process. This includes micro phase separation – at what length scale does an alloy become inhomogeneous – as this impacts performance and stability. Compositional fluctuations can lead to nucleation sites for photo-induced compositional instabilities. The absolute halide vacancy concentration and its dependence on processing can be determined with a novel analysis methodology.
References:  Some of our recent papers:
• 10.1073/pnas.1812227115
• 10.1038/s41563-018-0154-x
• 10.1038/s41467-018-05937-4
• 10.1021/acsenergylett.8b00544
• 10.1021/jacs.7b04981
• 10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b03852
Student Requirements:  Condensed matter physics, X-ray diffraction
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    Caltech students only 

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