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Hybrid Energy Harvester Based on Colloidal Quantum Dot Solar Cells and Triboelectric Nanogenerator

   Cardiff School of Physics and Astronomy

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  Dr BH Hou, Prof Peter Smowton  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Recent advances in energy harvesting using photovoltaic and triboelectric effects demonstrate outstanding performances of energy harvesters as power supplies. However, there are still fundamental issues that need to be dealt with, such as power interruption due to intermittence of environmental energy and long-term device stability in air. In this project, we will develop a hybrid energy harvester (HEH) that is composed of quantum dot solar cells (QDSCs) and a triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG). The HEH demonstrates dual-mode as well as simultaneous energy harvesting of both types of energy. Attributed to high photocurrent and high potential from QDSCs and the TENG, an immediate base power followed by steady enhancement in power generation can be achieved in this hybrid system. The HEH is expected to provide a stable power supply to accomplish a sustainable sensor system without the aid of an external power supply.

Interested applicants can find out more about our PhD programme and apply via the following link: Physics and Astronomy - Study - Cardiff University

Please submit the following documents with your application:

  • All of your University level certificates and transcripts to date
  • Two references (at least one of these must be academic)
  • Your academic CV
  • Your personal statement

Funding Notes

Please note that bench fees may be charged in addition to tuition fees for this project. This will be confirmed as part of any formal offer for this project.


1. J. Mater. Chem. A, 6, 12440-12446 (2018)
2. J. Mater. Chem. C, 5, 3692—3698 (2017)
3. Isr. J. Chem. 59, 747 – 761 (2019)
4. Adv. Energy Mater. 8, 1700809 (2018)

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