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Fully Funded M2A EngD Scholarship: Semi-transparent Organic Solar Cells for low cost sheet-to-sheet and roll-to-roll manufacturing

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, May 27, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Start date: October 2019

Supervisor: Dr C Tsoi Dr T Watson

Sponsoring company: NSG Group

Organic Solar Cells can be fabricated by solution process which is low cost and enables high throughput sheet-to-sheet and roll-to-roll manufacturing.

Power conversion efficiency for single junction cell of >15% has recently been achieved along with >17% efficiency for a tandem cell.

Significantly, Organic Solar cells have a unique potential as semi-transparent solar cells, as their colour can be tuned according to need.

Semi-transparent organic solar cells have achieved an efficiency of 10% and an average visible transmission of around 40%.

Further research is needed before the technology can be commercialised. Many semi-transparent organic solar cells use evaporated semi-transparent silver electrode, which does not suit high throughput manufacturing processes. In addition, most high efficiency organic solar cells require thin photovoltaic film, a thin electron transporting layer and a thin hole transporting layer (some of the transporting layers also require deposition by evaporation). Hence scalability is currently limited.

The Research Engineer will:

- Develop high efficiency semi-transparent organic solar cells with tunable colour.
- Develop solution processable thick layer top semi-transparent electrode with high conductivity and transmission.
- Develop all solution processable thick layers devices with decent efficiency and transparency, and demonstration of 5 cm x 5 cm scalable semi-transparent organic solar cells.
- Work collaboratively with related research teams in College of Engineering and College of Science.

We welcome applications from candidates with an Engineering or Physical Science degree (minimum level 2:1), or a combination of degree and equivalent relevant experience to the same level, to join the M2A community of research engineers.

Please visit our website for more information on eligibility.

Funding Notes

The scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend of £20,000 p.a. for a period of four years.

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