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Biosourced pi-conjugated polymers for photovoltaics

Biosourced pi-conjugated polymers for photovoltaics figure

Category: Ph. D.

Duration: 36 months

Team: Polymer materials for Electronic, Energy, Information and Communication Technologies

Funding: ANR

Laboratory: LCPO

Applicant profile

We are looking for a highly motivated student holding a Master degree in organic and/or polymer chemistry. Teamwork abilities and good skills in English are required.

Link for application

Project summary

In the context of energy transition, while it is of paramount importance to switch to efficient renewable energies such as solar, wind or geothermal, it is essential to consider the materials that are used in this new paradigm. In fact, most of the time only the intrinsic performances of the materials are taken into account, whereas the impact of their manufacturing process and how they will be recycled should also be taken into account. Thus this project intends to target sustainable polymer materials and processes for their use in organic photovoltaics (OPV). For instance, it is proposed to upgrade in a more sustainable way the routes to electro- and photo-active pi-conjugated polymers while integrating biobased synthons. The latter might have a dual effect of bringing promises features in OPV and promoting biodegradability and recycling.

The work will be carried out at the Laboratoire de Chimie des Polymères Organiques (LCPO, UMR5629), one of France's leading polymer research centers, located on the campus of the University of Bordeaux. In particular, it will involve two of the LCPO's teams whose research themes are related to the topic, namely bio-sourced polymers and functional polymers for Energy, teams 2 and 4 respectively. The LCPO offers all the necessary infrastructure and a stimulating workplace for all those wishing to acquire a high-level training in polymer chemistry.