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Enhancing the stability of organic solar cells based on non-fullerene acceptors

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, September 30, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

The successful candidate will work on a research project financially supported by EPSRC through the recently awarded “StableSolar-NFA” grant, in close research collaboration with leading universities including in particular Imperial College London, Cambridge University and Swansea University, as well as industrial partners including in particular Eight 19 and NSG.

The candidate will be expected to work closely within a dynamic research team in the School’s Magnetics and Materials Research group, comprising academics, postdocs and research graduate students. The primary focus will be to develop a novel material, and design, to enable the demonstration of high performance, low cost and stable organic solar cells based on non-fullerene acceptors - a highly promising next generation photovoltaic technology. The candidate will be expected to develop profound fundamental knowledge of the material and device designs, operations and degradation mechanisms of organic solar cells, as well as develop skills in solar cell fabrication, testing and advanced characterisation. The candidate will benefit from the regular visits and secondments to the academic and industrial partners, as well as building up experience and skills for careers both within academia and industry.

Applicants should achieve 2:1 or higher in a relevant subject area e.g. physics, chemistry, materials, engineering

Desirable skills will include some research experience in the subject area of semiconductors, solar energy and electronics, excellent English and scientific writing skills.

Candidates must have obtained their first degree before the programme start date, which can be 1st July 2019 or 1st October 2019. If English is not the applicant’s first language, then they must obtain 6.5 IELTS with at least 5.5 in each subscore (or equivalent qualification).

TO APPLY: Please submit an application for postgraduate study via the Cardiff University webpages:

Please upload:
• your CV
• a personal statement/covering letter
• two references (applicants are recommended to have a third academic referee, if the two academic referees are within the same department/school)
• Current academic transcripts
Applicants should select Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), with a start date of either July or October 2019.

In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided. In the funding section, please select "I will be applying for a scholarship / grant" and specify that you are applying for advertised funding, reference ZL-PSE19.

Funding Notes

The studentship is open to home or EU students.The studentship will cover home/EU tuition fees, and provide a tax-free annual stipend of £15,009 per annum with annual increments.

International students may apply but must confirm that they are able to pay the difference between the home and international fee rate (approx. £15,000 per annum) themselves.

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