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Cathodoluminescence for understanding perovskite solar cells


Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry

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Dr Aruna Ivaturi , Prof R Martin Applications accepted all year round Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Halide perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have recently come to the forefront of photovoltaic (PV) research all over the world with the certified efficiencies surpassing the other established PV technologies. The PSCs technology however has still some challenges that needs to be addressed for long term stability and commercial deployments. One way to address these is via development of informed strategies based on detailed understanding of interplay between structure, chemistry and optoelectronic properties of the perovskite absorber materials. Cathodoluminescence microscopy is a powerful and well established technique that is capable of giving this detailed information that could be explored for optimising and increasing efficiency and long-term device stability. In the proposed PhD, Cathodoluminescence microscopy will be utilized to understand and improve the long term stability of the perovskite absorber materials and devices.

We are looking for highly motivated individual who have obtained, or expect to obtain, a first or 2.1 UK honors degree, in Material Science/Chemistry/Physics/ a relevant Engineering degree. Independent, self-motivation, good team spirit, and excellent communication skills are important assets of the successful candidate.

Successful candidate will work in the ‘Smart Materials Research and Device Technology’ (SMaRDT) Group of Dr. Aruna Ivaturi in the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry and will be co-supervised by her and Prof. Rob Martin (Semiconductors Spectroscopy and Devices Group, Department of Physics, University of Strathclyde)
As a University of Strathclyde PhD student, the successful candidate will have access to the Strathclyde Researcher Development programme (PGCert) offering you courses for personal development as a research professional. The PhD student will also be a part of University of Strathclyde’s Centre of Doctoral training C-INSPRE ‘Centre for Interdisciplinary Sustainable Practices of Research in Energy’

All inquiries should be directed to Dr. Aruna Ivaturi ([Email Address Removed]). All applications must be submitted via email to Dr. Aruna Ivaturi as a single pdf file and should include the following:
1) A cover letter explaining your interest and fit to the project (max 1 page)
2) A CV (2-3 pages).
3) Two references (including email addresses).
4) A copy of academic transcripts.

Funding Notes

This studentship will cover international tuition fees and provide a tax-free stipend for three and half years.
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