We aim to use the unique optical, photophysical, electrochemical, and structural properties of porphyrins in conjunction with novel linker structures to affect a transformational advance in the molecular design and control of interfacial nanoconstructs with tunable electronic, photonic, biomedical, and chemical functionalities. The prospects of porphyrin-based 1D, 2D, and 3D materials for device development will be assessed in collaboration with research partners from industry and academia. A key concept is to combine tetrapyrroles as ‘functional’ platforms with rigid hydrocarbon linkers (such as cubanes and bicyclopentane) as building blocks of choice for the on-surface synthesis of atomically precise nanostructures and networks. These systems will have tunable chemical and photophysical properties for the translational development of platform technologies in the advanced materials sciences.
Ph.D. in chemistry or physics with experience in nanoscale science, a solid background in surface science, previous exposure to scanning probe microscopy or UHV-based techniques, fluent English, proof of scientific publishing, legal ability to travel within the EU, and commitment to work in highly diverse and multicultural research groups.