Microstructure and functionality in thin film solar cells from sustainable materials

Peter Yates, University of Liverpool

The project is to use state of the art electron microscopy alongside the synthesis effort in order to accelerate the ...... (read more)

Hybrid semiconductor nanocrystals/perovskite solar cells

Christopher Bailey, University of Southampton

The rapid rise in efficiency of thin-film solar cells using organometal halide perovskite semiconductors has made this class of photovoltaic ...... (read more)

Modelling Ion Motion and Hysteresis in Perovskites

Evan Turnill, University of Southampton

Organolead halide perovskite solar cells have shown dramatic increases in efficiency to around 20% since their inception in 2012. Nevertheless ...... (read more)

Vapour Deposition of Perovskite Solar Cells

Juliane Borchert, University of Oxford

Increasing world needs for electrical power have intensified research into materials suitable for cheap and efficient solar cells. To the ...... (read more)

Characterizing the nanoscale morphology of Organic Metal Halide photovoltaic materials

Konstantinos Tsevas, University of Sheffield

In this project, the student will investigate the influence of processing conditions on the micro- and nano-structure of the perovskite ...... (read more)

Hotwire Chemical Vapour Deposition of Boron Doped Epitaxial Silicon for Interdigitated Back Contact Solar Cells

Edris Khorani, University of Southampton

Silicon solar cells remain the dominant technology in the photovoltaic market. The interdigitated back contact (IBC) design is a well-established ...... (read more)

Perovskite photovoltaic devices

Mike Stringer, University of Sheffield

A focus on new precursors... (read more)

New heterostructures for perovskite solar cells and investigation of the stability of methylammonium lead iodide layers

Silvia Mariotti, University of Liverpool

The project is to establish the band line ups for perovskite materials in combination with II-VI semiconductors and transparent conducting ...... (read more)

Encapsulation technologies for thin-film photovoltaic devices

Joel Smith, University of Sheffield

This project will develop a range of encapsulation materials and techniques for both polymer:fullerene and perovskite PV devices. A range ...... (read more)

Multiple Exciton Generation in Nanoparticle Solar Cells

Heather Goodwin, University of Cambridge

Solar cells based on single semiconductors as the active layer are typically restricted in efficiency by the Shockley-Queisser limit, since ...... (read more)

Micro-structural defects in thin film photovoltaic devices

Thomas Fiducia, University of Loughborough

The efficiency of thin-film PV is limited by atomic-scale defects in the material (grain boundaries, planar defects, point defects etc). ...... (read more)

Carbon based electrode technologies for novel solar cells

Giulio Mazzotta, University of Oxford

Over recent years several innovations have been introduced in order to move from a conventional silicon based photovoltaics to new ...... (read more)

Hot-carrier harvesting in hybrid metal halide perovskites for solar cells

Alexander Knight, University of Oxford

Photovoltaic cells incorporating hybrid organic inorganic metal halide perovskites have seen a phenomenally rapid improvement over the past 5 years, ...... (read more)

Breaking the Voltage Barrier for CdTe Solar Cells

Thomas Shalvey, University of Liverpool

Polycrystalline CdTe solar cells are a mass market product and have now achieved >21% efficiency, having being limited to <16.7% ...... (read more)

Perovskite Solar Cells

Olivia Ashton, University of Oxford

This project will focus on research associated with perovskite solar cells. The main aim will be to create a perovskite ...... (read more)

New P-type Transparent Conducting Oxides

Christopher Morris-Knox, University of Bath

Transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) constitute a unique class of materials combining the seemingly mutually exclusive properties of electrical conductivity and ...... (read more)

Pyrolysis of solution-processed CZTS for upscale

Lewis Wright, University of Loughborough

Current methods for making solar panels are either expensive, slow, energy intensive, toxic, or every combination of all four. Lewis' ...... (read more)

Ultrathin hybrid photovoltaics

Giacomo Piana, University of Southampton

Characterisation of Radiative and Non-Radiative Charge Carrier Lifetime of Solar Cells using Optical Methods

Vincent Tsai, University of Loughborough

Recombination of charge carriers in semiconductors has a major impact on charge carrier lifetime and thus affects the efficiency of ...... (read more)

Combinatorial TCO physics and optimization for photovoltaics

Thomas Featherstone, University of Liverpool

Transparent Conducting Oxides (TCOs) are common to almost all current and emerging solar cell technologies and there is still a ...... (read more)

Multi-Scale Simulations of Point and Extended Defects in Thin-Film Solar Cells

Lucy Whalley, University of Bath

A general problem with developing new materials for photovoltaics is that while a bulk material may appear to fulfil the ...... (read more)

Investigating Alternative Transparent Electrodes for Photovoltaic Devices

Francesco Bastianini, University of Sheffield

In this project, the student will investigate the use of various composites of conducting polymer materials and metallic nanoparticles to ...... (read more)

Band gap tuning of metal halide perovskites for multi-junction all perovskite solar cells

Jonathan Warby, University of Oxford

ABX3 perovskite solar cells, where A is methyl ammonium, formamidinium or Cs, B is Pb or Sn and X is ...... (read more)

Photophysics of organometal halide perovskite materials for next-generation solar cells

Elizabeth Parrott, University of Oxford

Increasing world needs for electrical power have intensified research into materials suitable for cheap and efficient solar cells. Solution-processed semiconductors ...... (read more)

Transparent conducting oxide glass coatings for photovoltaics

Jack Swallow, University of Liverpool

Transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) are remarkable semiconductor materials that, as their name suggests, combine transparency with electrical conductivity, two normally ...... (read more)

Understanding degradation mechanisms in perovskite based PV devices

Claire Greenland, University of Sheffield

Stability of performance is probably the most critical factor in determining the potential for commercialisation of a new PV technology. ...... (read more)

Improved efficiency of thin film Photovoltaic devices

Rachael Greenhalgh, University of Loughborough

Collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Colorado School of Mines (CSM) in the United States has shown ...... (read more)

Mesoscale simulations of polymer based organic photovoltaics, OPV

Alex Smith, University of Bath

While the focus on energy level tuning in OPV materials has afforded large gains in device performance, strategies based on ...... (read more)

Charge transfer processes at perovskite/organic interfaces, the role of doping

Josh MacDonald, University of Bath

"Methyl ammonium lead halide perovskites have demonstrated to be materials with significant potential for third generation photovoltaics. The power conversion ...... (read more)

New design features in lightweight and low-cost inverted CdTe solar cells

Tom Baines, University of Liverpool

Thin film cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar cells have now achieved >20% efficiency and are the market leading thin film PV ...... (read more)