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Nanoscience of organic semiconductors for energy applications


   Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

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  Dr Sean Collins  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Harnessing materials for a low-carbon future is a multifaceted grand challenge. Organic semiconductors continue to reveal exciting new physics and chemistry for boosting optical and electronic properties for energy applications from solar energy to lighting. A critical knowledge gap for these materials is understanding how disorder and defects in the atomic structure of organic molecular crystals and polymer semiconductors limits their ability to absorb or emit light and to move energy around in a device. This project will use cutting edge scanning transmission electron microscopy and electron beam spectroscopy tools to probe the links between chemical composition, molecular packing, and optical transitions in organic and hybrid semiconductors. These results will define opportunities for defect and interface engineering in organic optoelectronic devices (organic light emitting diodes, thin film transistors, and photovoltaics) and begin to unlock organic semiconductors for energy conversion and lighting technologies. 

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Funding Notes

A highly competitive Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship consisting of the award of fees with a maintenance grant of £16,062 in session 2022/23 for 3.5 years.  This opportunity is open to all applicants. All candidates will be placed into the Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship and selection is based on academic merit

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