Computationally assisted discovery of new solar absorbers

Matthew Smith, University of Liverpool

This project aims to discover new solar absorber materials to overcome the stability, sustainability and toxicity issues surrounding current hybrid ...... (read more)

Mesoscale simulations of polymer based organic photovoltaics, OPV

Alexander 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)

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)

Modelling Ion Motion and Hysteresis in Perovskites

Laurence Bennett, 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)

Long-range energy transfer in singlet fission materials

David Bossanyi, University of Sheffield

Despite their early promise and intrinsic sustainability (low embodied energy, efficient use of abundant and non-toxic materials), organic photovoltaics still ...... (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)

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)

Singlet Exciton Fission based Luminescent Solar Concentrators

Tomi Baikie, University of Cambridge

Luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) comprise a transparent plastic film doped with luminophores that absorb and remit light. The light is ...... (read more)

Pushing to 20% efficient solution grown CIGS thin film solar cells

Liam Welch, University of Loughborough

Successful deposition of thin film solar cells, such as CdTe and CIGS, have historically been limited to devices grown using ...... (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)

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)

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)