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Engineering inorganic-organic interfacial energy transfer

   School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering (SPREE)

   Tuesday, May 30, 2023  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The School of Photovoltaic & Renewable Energy Engineering (SPREE) within the UNSW Faculty of Engineering has been at the leading edge of global solar cell development for over 30 years, reporting many world record solar cell efficiencies.

One of the frontiers in next generation optoelectronics is the fusion of organic and inorganic materials into hybrid devices which aim to combine the unique advantages of combining organic and inorganic systems to obtain technological advantages over conventional device architectures. Of particular importance is understanding the interfaces between such disparate systems, where ultrafast carrier/energy transfer processes and the role of triplets can dominate device operation. This project aims to develop and understand next generation organic-inorganic optoelectronic devices. This project will be focused on developing and utilising a range of complementary ultrafast spectroscopic techniques to study charge and energy transfer across inorganic-organic heterointerfaces for photovoltaic and/or up-conversion applications. Prior knowledge of singlet fission down conversion and/or triplet-triplet annhilation upconversion is valuable.

1. Fabrication and characterisation of inorganic optoelectronic devices incorporating organic molecular layers

2. Steady-state and ultrafast optical characterisation of hybrid devices

3. Modelling of device performance

The supervisory team will consistent of Dr Michael Nielsen. The project is suitable for applicants with a first degree in physics, material science, or engineering, and will benefit from a background in optics and semiconductor physics. As this project will be a mix of theory, hands-on experimentation, and fabrication, we are looking for well-rounded students interested in learning a range of skills and who are motivated to find creative solutions to overcome unforeseen problems.

Please contact Dr Michael Nielsen () for further information or visit the group website For your application please also attach the following documents: CV, academic transcript, and your motivation for doctoral studies. Please include how you feel your background potential aligns with the project.

Funding Notes

Candidates will be supported by a Research Stipend at a rate of $35,000 per year (2023 rate). Candidates who obtain a RTP or similar Scholarship may be eligible for a stipend top-up (see also View Website for more information on Scholarships). Potential external funding is available.
Applications will be accepted until the right candidate is found.

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