Postdoctoral Appointee Researcher – Smart Window Film

at  Argonne National Laboratory

Lemont, Illinois, USA - 60439

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Requisition Number: 408663
Location: Lemont, IL
Functional Area: Research and Development
Division: AMD-Applied Materials Division
Employment Category: Temporary 6 Months or Greater
Education Required: Doctorate Degree
Level (Grade): 700
Shift: 8:30 - 5:00



Solid phase-change materials that can take use of natural solar energy to illuminate (visible) and adaptively heat or cool a building (infrared) promises to be the new generation of smart window constructing material to modernize building energy use: providing thermal comfort environment while with a significant reduction of energy consumption. The Applied Materials Division at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher position to work on a newly DOE (BTO/OTT) sponsored project to develop a dynamic window film technology based on VO2 nanocomposite. This project will leverage supplemental expertise from an interdisciplinary team with researchers from ANL (material/process), Washington State University (theory), University of Chicago (interface) and LBNL/NREL(film properties), aiming to demonstrate an advanced smart window film with both high light transmittance and solar energy modulation for energy efficient building application.
The successful candidate is expected to work primarily at ANL and takes a role in 1) rapid synthesis of ultrasmall VO2 nanoparticles/rods by elaborating an existing continuous flow hydrothermal synthesis technology, 2) preparing transparent nanocomposite films using a wetting nanocoating method (e.g. slot-die), and 3) conducting property characterizations of VO2 nanoparticles and smart films prepared, e.g. nanoparticle size, morphology and crystallinity, film thickness and temperature dependent optical properties, as well as durability through collaboration with our academic/industrial collaborators. This research aims to make progressive progress in improving thermochromic optical/thermal performance of the smart film to finally achieve a market acceptable and highly competitive product in the foreseeable future. In this position, the candidate will have an opportunity to make essential contributions to the development of a patented continuous flow synthesis technology for rapidly/massively manufacturing surface-functionalized nanoparticles/rods with well-controlled physical properties, together with high-performance smart films. The initial term of this position is for one year. This position is extendable to the second or more year depending on satisfactory performance and fund available. Preferably, this position will be offered to a promising young fellow who is highly self-motivated with strong interest to pursue light-material interaction cross the solar spectrum and apply the emerging new concepts to advancing of the technical frontier of modern energy-efficiency building. Ideally, he/she shows excellent capabilities to potentially develop his/her career successfully at ANL.


The candidate should have a Ph.D. in chemical engineering, materials, or chemistry within three years of the start of the appointment. Preference will be given to candidates with hand-on experimental research experience on nanomaterials synthesis using flow chemistry and hydrothermal (elevated pressure) method, and/or preparation of the transparent nanocomposite and/or nanoporous film/devices via (guided) nanoparticle self-assembly or additive manufacturing methods. The knowledge, expertise and experience of working on transparent nanoporous materials, such as polymer nanofoam, aerogel, MOF and mesoporous antireflective coating would be a plus. The skills for characterizing nano-particulate materials and films, e.g. DLS, SEM/TEM, XRD, UV-VIS-IR, DSC, are required.
Applicants should send curriculum vitae, description of their research interests and arrange two or three letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


  • Substantial knowledge for synthesis of ultrasmall nanoparticles: - flow synthesis of nanomaterials using flow reactor technology is desirable.
  • A good level of knowledge in current micro-scale heat transfer; supercritical fluid synthesis, spectrally selective light control in photonic nanocrystals; methods of wetting nanoscale coatings, in synthesis of vanadium oxides, is a plus.
  • Good experimental skills are necessary for troubleshooting and improving the design of an existing flow reactor in order to optimize nano-particulate materials.
  • Good characterization skills are required to quickly evaluate the materials and films prepared, e.g. DLS, XRD, SEM, UV-VIS-IR, ellipsometry via fully taking advantage of using Argonne’s world-class material research facilities from MERF, CNM, MSD and APS.
  • A Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Materials, Chemistry, or a closely related discipline within the last three years is required according to the Lab’s policy.
  • A successful candidate must have the ability to model Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork.
    As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, and in accordance with our core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity and teamwork, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
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