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Location: Laboratory for Mechanics of Materials and Nanostructures, EMPA (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research), Thun, Switzerland

Number of placements: 1

Period of placements: 10 weeks between June - September

Accommodation arrangements:  free accommodation (help with arrangements given by EMPA.  Likely to be in host families if arrangements between host and student are made soon after final commitment to placement is made).

Financial support from hosts:  CHF 750 per month before local tax (approx. CHF 670 per month after local tax, ~£550 per month).

Language: German, English, French

Profile of institution:
Thun is situated at a beautiful lake within the Swiss Alps. EMPA (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research) is a materials research institute and is together with ETHZ and EPFL part of the ETH-Domain.  The institue has a strong focus on nanomechanics, nanostructuring of materials, and nanoanalysis methods.  The institute hosts about 70 employees, currently from 15 different countries including approximately 20 graduate students.

Project areas:
Mechanical properties of thin films, nanowires and micropillars. Nanoindentation and scanning electron microscope based nanoindentation and nanobending strengths measurements and data analysis. Nanostructuring of surfaces via electrodeposition, atomic layer deposition, and electron/ion beams.

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Contact: Dr. Ivo Utke