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Quantum transport in molecule/carbon-based nanostructures for new molecular electronic devices


Various projects available in the field molecular electronics and sensors. Large scale ab initio calculations will be used to investigate and predict novel structures and systems. An example is described below.


Professor Catherine Stampfl.

Research location

School of Physics

Program type



Metal porphyrins, metal phthalocyanines, and other related organic metal complexes constitute a class of versatile molecules that play an important role in diverse branches of science, such as biochemistry and materials science. For example, they have been considered as light absorbers in solar cells, and porphyrin molecules perched between electrodes made of metal clusters or graphene have been suggested in the context of molecular electronics. In the present project, the adsorption of such organic metal complexes on pristine and defected graphene and the consequent conductivity and physical properties will be investigated by means of density functional theory and quantum transport calculations. For discovery of new structures for molecular electronic applications, focus will be on the stability, electronic and magnetic properties and spin dependence of conduction.

Additional information

HDR Inherent Requirements

In addition to the academic requirements set out in the Science Postgraduate Handbook, you may be required to satisfy a number of inherent requirements to complete this degree. Example of inherent requirement may include:

- Confidential disclosure and registration of a disability that may hinder your performance in your degree;
- Confidential disclosure of a pre-existing or current medical condition that may hinder your performance in your degree (e.g. heart disease, pace-maker, significant immune suppression, diabetes, vertigo, etc.);
- Ability to perform independently and/or with minimal supervision;
- Ability to undertake certain physical tasks (e.g. heavy lifting);
- Ability to undertake observatory, sensory and communication tasks;
- Ability to spend time at remote sites (e.g. One Tree Island, Narrabri and Camden);
- Ability to work in confined spaces or at heights;
- Ability to operate heavy machinery (e.g. farming equipment);
- Hold or acquire an Australian driver’s licence;
- Hold a current scuba diving license;
- Hold a current Working with Children Check;
- Meet initial and ongoing immunisation requirements (e.g. Q-Fever, Vaccinia virus, Hepatitis, etc.)

You must consult with your nominated supervisor regarding any identified inherent requirements before completing your application.

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Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 2163

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