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Numerical evaluation of the performance of thin-film photovoltaic materials under real-world conditions (WS14)

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  • Full or part time
    Dr P Isherwood
    Dr J Bowers
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.
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Full Project Detail

Thin-film solar cells are an exciting new technology poised to dramatically change the way in which electricity is generated. Key to enabling this change is developing a thorough and in-depth understanding of thin-film photoabsorber behaviour and how devices constructed using these materials are likely to perform under real-world conditions. Using real spectral data combined with measured material properties this project aims to provide realistic numerical models for evaluating the practical efficiencies of thin-film solar cells. This project will involve a combination of numerical modelling and laboratory-based experimental work, including the use of cutting-edge measurement techniques and industrially applicable deposition systems. It offers the opportunity to engage directly with one of the most exciting and fastest growing areas of technology within the energy sector, and will have a real and lasting impact on electricity generation. CREST is a world-renowned renewable energy research centre, and the successful candidate can expect to work closely with the team in Loughborough as well as other world-leading groups at a range of UK and European universities and companies.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Electrical/Electronic Engineering or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Photovoltaics.

Funding Notes

Please note that studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and other advertised projects starting with advert reference ‘WS’ for the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering.
If awarded, each 3-year studentship will provide a tax-free stipend of £15,009 p/a, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,327 p/a). While we welcome applications from non-EU nationals, please be advised that it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available. Successful candidates will be notified by 30th September 2019.

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