PhD Studentship: Silicon-based Flowchemistry Systems

Jun 07, 2018
Jul 09, 2018
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time


The goal of the interdisciplinary NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering

( is to create a "molecular factory", a system consisting of molecular modules and capable of producing a value-added product. One possible architecture are solid-state devices with interlinked micro- and nanofluidic chemical reactors. Such devices would enable the discovery and implementation of new synthetic routes, for example by fast, combinatorial screening of catalyst cascades without the need of intermediate purification. Silicon technology enables a scalable complexity within a single setup using mature and mass-fabrication compatible processes. The project advertised targets the development of an on-chip network of microreactors with tailorable and reconfigurable reaction conditions by using various triggers for each reaction step. This enables systematic testing of multiple synthetic pathways for the production of value-added chemicals.


Your position

This joint PhD project between the University of Basel and IBM Research - Zurich is a multi-faceted project involving the design, fabrication and characterization of micro/nanofluidic systems, development and testing of functionalization strategies as well as exploring new synthetic pathways.

Embedded in the NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering (, the project offers an interdisciplinary and international research environment with links to biology and medicine.


Your profile

Applicants are expected to hold a master degree in a natural science or engineering field and have a strong interest in nanometer-scale science and engineering. Practical clean-room experience, good communication skills and a broader interest in biology or medicine are desirable.