9 PhD positions: CHARISMA (Applied Chemical Irreversibility) 482 views

The Innovative Training Network of the European Commission CHARISMA “Entrepreneuring CHEMICAL IRREVERSIBILITY TO PROTOTYPE RESPONSIVE SMART LABELS” is inviting applications for nine PhD positions.

About the positions:
  • The positions will all last three years and will allow all students to participate in an exciting programme comprising international schools, workshops, and secondments at academic as well as industrial partners
  • The positions will start by 1st January 2020.
  • CHARISMA is a ITN European Industrial Doctorate (ITN-EID) funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme, promotes the concept of applied chemical irreversibility to engineer displays for smart labels applications.
  • CHARISMA ESRs will enroll on PhD degree programmes and be employed for 36 months in a beneficiary organization
  • The ESRs will receive an intensive training in the field of organic chemistry and materials engineering, flexible smart materials/devices, photophysics and electrochemistry, solar-powered technologies and device engineering.
  • The coordinator is Prof. Davide Bonifazi at the School of Chemistry, Cardiff University (UK).


  • Applicants must at the date of recruitment, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • Applicant must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date.
  • It is a requirement that network ESRs have an ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English to a level that is sufficiently high for them to derive full benefit from the network training.


Applicants must send application to charisma@cardiff.ac.uk including a cover letter, a CV, a short summary of the research accomplishments, and names of two references.

Available projects:
  • ESR1 (CU, Cardiff): Organic synthesis and study of chromogenic polymeric materials based on polythiophenes responsive to electrical stimuli.
  • ESR2 (NOVA, Lisbon): Synthesis of thermochromic spirolactone flavylium dyes.
  • ESR3 (TAU, Tampere): Printed switches and their integration into electrochromic sensor labels. Printed energy storage and switching circuitry – The overall goal of this topic is to develop a printed, flexible, non-toxic supercapacitor module and a printed voltage threshold switch to enable switching of an electrochromic indicator.
  • ESR4 (YNVISIBLE, Freiburg): Development of Innovative Printed Irreversible Electrochromic Systems for application in sustainable low-cost smart labels. The goal of the project is to identify and investigate electrochemically irreversible chemistries and develop tunable onetime activation electrochromic inks and systems and scale-up its production.
  • ESR5 (LCR, Flintshire): Development of materials that change their electrical conductivity at a specific temperature.
  • ESR6 (CU, Cardiff): Organic synthesis and study of small, O- and S-doped polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons as chromogenic materials.
  • ESR7 (NOVA, Lisbon): Synthesis of chromogenic flavylium dyes for phase transition thermochromism.
  • ESR8 (TAU, Tampere): Printed energy harvesting and storage/system integration – The overall goal of this topic is to develop an integrated, flexible energy harvesting and storage module incorporating printed photovoltaic cell modules for harvesting, a battery for long term storage, and the printed supercapacitor modules, as well as to integrate this energy module with the complete smart label.
  • ESR9 (YNVISIBLE, Freiburg): Study and analysis of international intellectual property rights and business strategies for the economically and environmentally sustainable introduction of novel materials and smart labels into high volume in packaging.
—————–Quick Overview————-
Organization MARIE Skłodowska-CURIE ACTIONS
Country UK
Fellowship Level Doctoral
Subject areas Organic Chemistry, Materials Engineering, Flexible Smart Materials or Devices, Photophysics and Electrochemistry
Fellowship amount As per MSCA rules
Eligibility Open to all nationalities
Deadline 31st October 2019

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  • Address Europe
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