Area of research:
Diploma & Master Thesis
The position is suitable for part-time employment.
The group of Neuro-Instructive Materials works in engineering new materials for minimally-invasive, wireless neural devices. Neural implants have a wide range of medical and scientific applications, such as deep brain stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson’s Disease, neuroprosthetic systems for motor and sensory function recovery, or neural sensors for research into neurobiological behavior. Our group works with nano- and microscale devices that work wirelessly, so that they can be implanted less invasively than a typical neural device. Magnetoelectric (ME) materials, those that couple magnetic fields to electric fields, can allow us to wirelessly generate electric signals using input magnetic signals. This technology could one day provide wireless, externally-controlled neural communication using only injections and magnetic signals, while avoiding surgical intervention.
We are seeking a student to complete a Master’s Thesis project in making magnetostrictive nanoparticles in the group of Neuro-Instructive Materials. Your role will be to synthesize magnetostrictive nanoparticles using inorganic chemical synthesis methods. This project will require a knowledge of inorganic chemistry, and general chemical synthesis methods. This may also require training in characterization methods such as electron microscopy and X-ray powder diffraction, but such training will be provided, if necessary. This thesis project will serve as a basis our group to create new nanoscale materials, helping us to better understand how they work so that we can design optimal neural devices in the future.