The microstructure and electrical properties of grain boundaries in polycrystalline thin film photovoltaic devices

Vladislav Kornienko, University of Loughborough

Recombination of charge carriers occurring at defects and grain boundaries (GBs) are detrimental to the electrical performance of thin film ...... (read more)

Nano-texturing of multicrystalline silicon

Jack James Tyson, University of Southampton

Crystalline silicon is currently the dominant photovoltaics technology, accounting for over 90% of the global PV market. Of this, multicrystalline ...... (read more)

Photovoltaics to Power the Internet of Things

Darcy Unson, University of Cambridge

It is hard for any new photovoltaic (PV) technology to beat silicon in bulk power generation, but there are many ...... (read more)

Inverted designs for CdTe solar cells

Luke Thomas, University of Liverpool

Polycrystalline thin-film CdTe solar cells are a mass-market product, have now achieved >22% solar conversion efficiency and are the lowest ...... (read more)

Understanding the Role of the Electron Selective Contact in Perovskite Solar Cells

Matthew Pilot, University of Bath

Perovskite solar cells (PSC) have generated excitement in the field of emerging photovoltaics due to their high efficiencies, easy manufacturability ...... (read more)

An in-situ SEM study of hybrid perovskite materials during annealing and under applied bias

Adam Urwick, University of Sheffield

The next generation of thin film solution processed perovskite photovoltaic devices could potentially reduce the financial and energy cost associated ...... (read more)

Spin-blocked Recombination in Organic Photovoltaics

Daniel Sowood, University of Cambridge

The technology of plastic electronics unlocks new ways to use solar energy, not only by supplementing and replacing conventional silicon ...... (read more)

Simple Scalable Superstrate Cells wtih Good Thermal Stability and High Voc.

Kaya Davies Brechley, University of Bath

The project will focus on the development, optimisation and characterisation of printed/solution processed solar cells with carbon contacts. We will ...... (read more)

Doping strategies for next generation CdTe solar cells

Kerrie Morris, University of Loughborough

Over the last 6 years, CdTe photovoltaics (PV) have enjoyed a steady performance improvement after remaining relatively stagnant for the ...... (read more)

Graphene and carbon nanotube based PV electrodes

Bernd Sturdza, University of Oxford

Both graphene and carbon nanotubes have very high electrical conductivities and mechanical strength, which makes them ideally suited for use ...... (read more)

Band alignment optimisation for enhanced inorganic thin film photovoltaics

Matthew Smiles, University of Liverpool

Semiconductor thin films are the basis of the lowest cost per Watt solar cells. While these technologies are well established, ...... (read more)

Spray-coating perovskite PV devices over curved substrates

Elena Cassella, University of Sheffield

Conventional PV cells based on the ubiquitous semiconductor crystalline-silicon most often come in the form of flat, rigid and relatively ...... (read more)

Identifying key deep level defects in thin film solar cells

Jacob Leaver, University of Liverpool

Thin film solar cells are a 2nd generation photovoltaic technology capable of producing equivalent performance to standard silicon based solar ...... (read more)

Anti-soiling coatings for Solar modules

Adam Law, University of Loughborough

Soiling of the cover glass on solar modules is a serious problem. Global reports show that soiling can reduce power ...... (read more)

Upscaling Vapour Deposited Perovskite Solar Cells

Elisabeth Duijnstee, University of Oxford

Metal halide Perovskite solar cells have emerged as promising semiconductor devices for next generation photovoltaics. Remarkably, the power conversion efficiency ...... (read more)