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Current projects in Emergent and energy materials

Atomically-thin optical elements as beam-tapping metasurfaces
Can we use atomically-thin layers to steal little bits of information? Construct a new optical laser setup to find out!
Supervisor: Jorik van de Groep (website)
Type of project: Experimental physics, Master level
Measuring light fields with a single layer of atoms
Use nanoscale photodetectors comprised of a single layer of atoms to study the role of excitons in photocurrent generation.
Supervisor: Jorik van de Groep (website)
Type of project: Experimental physics, Master level
Mechanical tuning of coupling between RF optical resonators (joint project)
Combine mechanical metamaterials with RF optical resonators to study how we can actively tune optical coupling.
Supervisor: Jorik van de Groep (website) and Corentin Coulais
Type of project: Experimental physics, Master level
Assembling quantum-dot films for future solar cells
Assembling semiconductor nanocrystals for efficient next-generation photovoltaics.
Supervisor: Peter Schall, E: p.schall@uva.nl
Optoelectronic properties of two-dimensional materials
Exploiting recent 2D materials for ultra flexible highly efficient photovoltaics.
Supervisor: Peter Schall, E: p.schall@uva.nl
Nanocrystal films as spectral-converters for photosynthesis
Using nanocrystal spectral shapers to enhance photosynthesis and yield of algae and plants.
Supervisor: Peter Schall, E: p.schall@uva.nl
Correlated Topological materials.
What happens when you mix strong electron-electron interactions with topological properties?
Supervisor: Erik van Heumen (website)
The collective behavior of strange metals
Help rewrite the condensed matter textbooks with high precision measurements of strange metal properties.
Supervisor: Erik van Heumen (website)
Near-field optical spectroscopy
Explore the nano-world with a novel sub-diffraction limit microscope
Supervisor: Erik van Heumen (website)
Insulator-metal transitions for oxide electronics
Find the limits of switching using complex oxides. Will oxides save the day when silicon hits its Moore's law wall?
Supervisor: Mark Golden (website)
Type of project: Experimental physics, Master level
Watch strange metals kill (quasi)particles in k-space
Uncover how strange metals destroy much-loved particles (electrons), and test whether this is explained in the physics of black holes in 4+1 dimensions.
Supervisor: Mark Golden (website)
Type of project: Experimental physics, Master level
Strain tuning of topological quantum matter
Study quantum phase transitions in topological materials by strain tuning.
Supervisor: Anne de Visser (website)
Type of project: Experimental physics, Master level
Dilatometry of unconventional superconductors
Probing unconventional superconducting phases by dilatometry.
Supervisor: Anne de Visser (website)
Type of project: Experimental physics, Master level
Rotational symmetry breaking in topological superconductors
Investigate the superconducting phase of a topological superconductor by cantilever torque magnetometry
Supervisor: Anne de Visser (website)
Type of project: Experimental physics, Master level
High-entropy materials in the ultra-thin limit
Study the structural, mechanical, and chemical properties of ultra-thin high-entropy materials using surface science methods.
Supervisor: Roland Bliem (website)
Type of project: Experimental physics, Master level
Amorphous alloys as chemically stable coatings
Identify the role of crystalline order in the surface stability of thin alloy films using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy in reactive atmosphere.
Supervisor: Roland Bliem (website)
Type of project: Experimental physics, Master level