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  Development of advanced measurement methods for high performance emerging photovoltaics


   School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

  ,  Monday, July 01, 2024  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Emerging photovoltaic devices (organic, perovskites) have demonstrated significant potential in recent years due to the high efficiencies achieved and their scalability potential. Their specific features allow new manufacturing approaches but also new applications (aircrafts, space, IoT devices, flexible, etc). However, optimisation for specific applications can be a challenge. A combination of innovative measurement techniques based on spatial, optical and electrical characterisation, along with advanced data analysis methods could provide a step change in how to study these systems, helping to optimise manufacturing processes and resolve commercialisation challenges, along with the development of new standards and measurement guidelines.

In this project, advanced optical imaging and electrical performance measurement methods will be developed and refined, to allow implementation of fast, high-resolution characterisation of emerging solar cells. Different measurement methods will be combined to extract spatial and electrical characteristics of photovoltaic samples. These methods will provide new insights into how to enhance and tailor the manufacturing of emerging photovoltaic technologies, towards faster commercialisation, upscaling and adoption of new applications.

The PhD studentship will be based predominantly at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the UK’s national metrology institute (Teddington) and all facilities associated with NPL in Teddington and the Advanced Technology Institute in Guildford (University of Surrey) relevant to the project will be available to the successful candidate. The student will gain a wide range of transferable skills through the University of Surrey’s Doctoral College and NPL’s Postgraduate Institute for Measurement Science (PGI) and they will have the opportunity to collaborate with top quality research groups, while operating at the forefront of knowledge at an international platform. 

Supervisors: Professor Ravi Silva and Dr George Koutsourakis

Entry requirements

Open to candidates who pay UK/home rate fees. See UKCISA for further information. Starting in October 2024. You will need to meet the minimum entry requirements for our Advanced Technology Institute PhD programme.

First-class degree or high upper second degree/or equivalent or distinction in Masters. For non-UK based courses an English requirement of 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category. UK applicants only.

How to apply

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.


Engineering (12) Mathematics (25) Physics (29)

Funding Notes

EPSRC iCASE award, covering University (Home Fees) for four years. Stipend: £19,237 per annual for four years, directly Funded Project (UK Students only).

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