Nanoyarn is a PhD three-year research project focused on exploiting low-dimensional properties of carbon nanotubes in macroscopic yarns for charge/stress transfer and storage. The strategy proposed towards achieving this goal consists in using CNT yarns produced with high molecular control, which will be highly doped via non-covalent methods that can intervene on their electronic properties, and subsequently subjected to electrochemical, mechanical and transport studies.


Ref. num. Nanoyarn-RA01

PhD Candidate - Charge/stress transfer studies in nanoyarns

IMDEA Materials (Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies of Materials) is a non-profit, independent research institute, promoted by the Regional Government de Madrid (Spain), to carry out research in Materials Science and Engineering. IMDEA Materials Institute is committed to excellence in research by attracting talent from all over the world and to foster technology transfer to the industrial sector in a truly international environment. More information about the activities of the Institute can be found at:


The Multifunctional Nanocomposites Group ( is a highly multidisciplinary and international research group working on the synthesis of nanomaterials and the exploitation of their properties on a macroscopic scale. One of its main activities is the synthesis of macroscopic materials based on nanostructured building blocks, assembled in a way that potentiates stress and charge transfer processes at the nanoscale. The group investigates tailoring the structure of these hierarchical materials through combination with polymers, hybridisation with semiconductors and fine control of the building blocks at a molecular scale. Central to its research is a macroscopic fibre made up carbon nanotubes and produced continuously by spinning an aerogel of CNTs directly from the gas phase during their growth by chemical vapour deposition.

We seek a highly motivated PhD student to conduct research on the use of non-covalent methods applied to macroscopic CNT yarns in order to intervene on their electronic and mechanical properties.The starting point is the use of CNT yarns produced with high molecular control and low dimensional properties. The student will explore strategies to dope these materials by different chemical and electrochemical strategies, with a strong focus on determining their effect on molecular structure, optoelectronic properties and charge/stress transfer processes.


  • Fluent spoken and written English. No knowledge of Spanish is required (free lessons provided)
  • Undergraduate and Master's degrees in Chemistry, Physics or Materials Science.
  • Interest in physical chemistry, solid state physics and devices.
  • Experience with electrochemical characterisation methods and advanced materials characterisation
  • Excellent academic credentials and a strong commitment to develop an academic career in an international and multidisciplinary environment are expected.


Conditions: Full time contract including social security coverage. Salary depending on previous experience and credentials.

Starting date: Summer 2018