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PhD Studentship Opportunity in the Design and Fabrication of Large Area Organic Solar Cells

University of Surrey

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Guildford
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £15,009
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 7th June 2019
Closes: 31st August 2019

Studentship description

For many decades crystalline silicon solar cells have dominated the solar market. But, this dominance may now be challenged with the emergence of perovskite solar cells as well as organic solar cells which are performing in excess of 15%. In this project we will look to develop the next generation of solar harvesting devices that will give high power conversion at low cost. We believe this will be either organic (OPV), Perovskite (PPV) or a hybrid organic-inorganic mixed solar cell. This type of cell will be researched and developed here.

To conduct research into the production of organic perovskite (PPV) or hybrid (OPV) photovoltaic solar cells. You will join a team of postdoctoral and PhD students working on different aspects of synthesis, deposition and fabrication of high efficiency large area solar cells.

The aim of the project is to develop material systems that allow for large area manufacturing technologies to be developed that will enable a step change in the cost of production of large area deployable solar technologies. In particular, the applicant will be involved in the experimental development of small area but scalable devices supported by computational modelling optimization, with an aim of knowledge transfer to large area Roll-2-Roll manufacturing technology.

This 3 year project will commence in October 2019.

Entry requirements

All applicants should have (or expect to obtain) a first class or First-class degree or distinction in a relevant subject. Non-native speakers of English will be required to have IELTS 6.5 or above (or equivalent).


University fees will be fully covered for the duration of the project and a stipend of £15,009 per annum. This studentship is open to students worldwide.

How to apply

Applicants can apply through our Advance Technology Institute course page Please clearly state the studentship title on your application.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Prof Ravi Silva on to discuss their application. Applicants must include their research proposal and CV.

Application enquiries

Ravi Silva, 01483 689825

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