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Adam P. Hitchcock

Canada Research Chair

in Materials Research
CLS-CCRS
B.I.M.R
McMaster University
Hamilton, ON
Canada L8S 4M1
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GRADUATE STUDENTS NEEDED for

Nano- and micro-analysis using X-ray Microscopy

GOAL: To develop improved methods of X-ray microscopy and to apply them to a variety of problems of
              technological and societal importance.

- in situ electrochemical STXM - initially investigating metal electro-deposition
                                                       and stripping but ultimate goal is oxygen reduction reaction of fuel cells

- 3-d chemical mapping by tomography We are building a new cryo-tomography instrument at the CLS which will enable 3D chemical mapping of automotive fuel cell materials and flash frozen biological samples.

CURRENT OPENINGS:
        Fuel cell optimization - In collaboration with the Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation (AFCC) we are using STXM to help understand hydrogen fuel cell failure mechanisms and to help optimize the nanostructure for improved performance. If you want to help develop more environmentally friendly transportation technology this is an ideal, applied project.

NATURE of STUDIES: You will make X-ray microscopy measurements at the Canadian Light Source (Saskatoon, SK) or the Advanced Light Source (Berkeley, California) assisted by others of the McMaster X-ray microscopy team. Depending on your interests and skills, you will be focused on a specific scientific problem, or you might assist with the development of a new instrument (programming the control and user interface software for example). At McMaster you will analyze data, prepare samples, and help develop analytical software.

SKILLS ACQUIRED: Working in a group environment; knowledge of core excitation spectroscopy (NEXAFS); polymer microstructure; analytical microscopy; synchrotron radiation; programming (C++, LabView, IDL)

SPECIAL BENEFITS: travel (financially supported); close collaboration with industrial scientists (AFCC, Ballard, etc). Expertise with synchrotron radiation instrumentation.



 

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