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Design and fabrication of energy scavenging thin film materials


   Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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  Prof Ravi Silva  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

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. 

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. 

This project is 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. 

Supervisor: Professor Ravi Silva

This is a 3-year project starting in October 2022 and is open to UK applicants. Later start dates may be possible.

More information on the Advanced Technology Institute.

Entry requirements

First-class degree or equivalent or distinction at Masters.

English language requirements: For non-UK based courses an IELTS score of 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via the Advanced Technology Institute PhD programme page on the "Apply" tab.

Please clearly state the studentship title and supervisor on your application. Please include a research proposal and CV.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Prof Ravi Silva on [Email Address Removed] to discuss their application.


Funding Notes

Funded 50% by the EU MUSICODE project and 50% by the University of Surrey's Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.
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