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  Improving the efficiency of second generation thin film solar cells

   Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

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  Prof Kurt Barth, Prof Michael Walls  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Solar photovoltaics is becoming the most critical source of electricity generation, with over a terawatt installed globally.

Although the growth of solar has been extraordinary, it is a young technology with much more scope for improvement. This project aims to improve thin film solar cell performance through advanced processing, including sublimation and sputtering, and world-class materials characterisation techniques, including cathodoluminescence and electron microscopy.

The project will involve the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST) and interaction with international laboratories and industry leaders.

The School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering has seen 100% of its research impact rated as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF, 2021).


Primary supervisor: Professor Kurt Barth

Secondary supervisor: Professor Mike Walls

Entry requirements

Applicants should have or expect to achieve an upper second class degree (or equivalent) in a science or engineering subject. A relevant master's degree is advantageous but not a prerequisite.

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select ‘Electronic, Electrical & Systems Engineering’ and quote the advert reference number ‘FP-KB-2023R’ under the financial support section of the application.

You must submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and the minimum supporting documents by the advert closing date. Failure to do so will mean that your application cannot be taken forward for consideration.

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Funding Notes

The studentship is for 3 years and provides a minimum tax-free stipend of £18,622 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees. Please note that a studentship will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project to start in January 2024.
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