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PhD Studentship: High Efficiency Perovskite Tandem Solar Cells

University of Surrey - Nanoelectronic Centre

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Guildford
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: UK Home Fees; UKRI standard stipend
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 4th July 2022
Closes: 25th November 2022

Project Title: High Efficiency Perovskite Tandem Solar Cells

Supervisors:

Dr Imalka Jayawardena, i.jayawardena@surrey.ac.uk, https://www.surrey.ac.uk/people/imalka-jayawardena

Dr Jae Sung Yun, j.yun@surrey.ac.uk, https://www.surrey.ac.uk/people/jae-sung-yun

Contact for enquiries

Dr Imalka Jayawardena, i.jayawardena@surrey.ac.uk

Department/School: ATI/CSEE 

Research group: Nanoelectronic Centre

Start month/year: January 2023

Length of funding: 3.5 years

Application deadline: 25/11/2022

Developing High Efficiency Perovskite Based Tandem Solar Cells

The drive towards Net-Zero, has led to a growing need for the development of renewable energy harvesting/storage technologies with photovoltaics being expected to play a key role. Silicon remains the most viable semiconductor for commercial photovoltaic systems. However, as a technology that is reaching its limits, there is a need for technologies that can exceed the efficiency limits of silicon solar cells whilst reducing associated costs.

Metal halide perovskites is an exciting class of materials that has shown the fastest growth among photovoltaic materials studied to date. Metal halide perovskites show several beneficial properties including bandgap tunability and efficiencies approaching that of silicon single junction solar cells. At the ATI, in-line with our internal roadmap towards developing high efficiency photovoltaic device architectures and in particular, tandem solar cells, we have been working towards developing lossless electronic contacts and improving our fundamental understanding on poor reproducibility of  perovskite solar cells and developing routes towards improving these key challenges.   

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate who will work on developing perovskite based tandem solar cells based on our unique expertise of processing wide and narrow bandgap perovskite solar cells and organic solar cells. The key tasks for this project will involve:

  • Optimisation of the device stack for perovskite/perovskite and/or perovskite/organic tandem architectures by leading the processing activities.
  • Device characterisation, optical simulation and loss analysis based on our in-house optical, microstructural and electrical characterisation facilities.
  • Coordinate and lead the experimental work with the support of the academic supervisory team, coordinate research activities with our external collaborators (e.g. Imperial College London, National Physical Laboratory).
  • Publication of results in peer reviewed journals and presentation of results at local and international conferences.

Studentships will be funded on a competitive basis in the University of Surrey funding round that will open in Autumn 2022. Successful applications will start in 2023.

Funding offer: UK Home Fees; UKRI standard stipend; Fully funded

Funding source: DTP

Eligibility: Open to UK nationals only.

Candidate profile: 

The successful candidate will Meet the minimum entry requirement of 1st class honours degree or Master’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering, physics, chemistry, materials engineering or a related field.

Additionally,

  • Enthusiasm towards renewable energy technologies and in particular, photovoltaics
  • Sound background in semiconductor physics
  • Hands on experience in perovskite solar cell fabrication
  • Excellent analytical, communication and organisational skills, are preferred.

Applications should be submitted via the Advanced Technology Institute PhD programme page. In place of a research proposal you should upload a document stating the title of the project that you wish to apply for and the name of the relevant supervisor.

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