There is a new class material that is already showing the potential to compete with silicon in solar cell technology. These new materials are based on the metal halide perovskite system and the aim of the PhD is to relate the structural properties to the electronic properties.
This is a very exciting time to study these materials as solar cell power conversion efficiencies in excess of 25% have already been reported. In the project you will apply ab initio density functional theory calculations to determine the relationship between lattice structure, dimensionality (3D bulk or 2D layer) and composition, via choice of ions, to the electronic properties such as band structure and density of states. The project will explore how the choice of atoms and doping influences the electronic properties.
This project will suit a good graduate (2.1 degree or higher) in physics, chemistry, materials science, or electrical and electronic engineering, who has an interest in materials modelling, especially density functional theory calculations. Informal enquiries can be made to Professor David Carey (firstname.lastname@example.org), Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Surrey.
Supervisors: Professor David Carey, Professor Ravi Silva
More about the Advanced Technology Institute.
This project is open to UK students starting in October 2022.
Applicants are expected to hold a first or upper-second class degree in a relevant discipline (or equivalent overseas qualification), or a lower second plus a good Master’s degree (distinction normally required).
English language requirements: IELTS Academic 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.