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Doctoral Position in the area of Solid Mechanics for Triboelectricity and Metamaterials

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In this project, you will develop and apply numerical methods to gain insights into the mechanics of triboelectric nanogenerators and metamaterials. For both systems, the mechanical response is essential for the system’s function. In triboelectric generators, rough or patterned surfaces make contact and the mechanics of the interface determines contact area and stiffness and hence the charging efficiency. For metamaterials, the structural design of the individual unit cell determines the constitutive macroscopic response that can be designed in silico. Both problems will be attacked with the help of spectral solvers that allow for efficient solution of the underlying physical problem.

The position is funded by the German Cluster of Excellence Living, Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems (livMatS) at the University of Freiburg and will be supervised within the Department of Microsystems Engineering.

More information on the position can be found here: http://www.uni-freiburg.de/verwaltung/stellenboerse/00000260

More information on livMatS can be found here: http://www.fit.uni-freiburg.de/livMatS-en

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