Peptide controlled growth of photoactive lead halide perovskite materials for solar and photodetector applications


   Department of Materials

  Dr Andrew Thomas,  Tuesday, October 01, 2024  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Lead halide perovskites have shown tremendous promise as materials for novel photovoltaics with exceptionally high efficiencies and low cost manufacture, but their application is limited due to the inherent stability of the materials. We have recently shown that polymer gel or peptide additives can enhance the stability of perovskite materials. Furthermore, the use of peptides offers a potentially sustainable route to synthesis of these stable materials. Peptides can also be designed to form self-assembled structures which in turn controls the growth of the inorganic phase. The choice of amino acids in the peptides can potentially be used to tailor the crystal growth of the inorganic phase, govern the stacking of the peptide and also the conductivity of the peptide.

In this project we shall investigate the use of synthetic peptides in controlling the crystal growth and the efficiency of perovskite solar cells and photodetectors. The coice of solvent mixture on the self-assembly of the peptides and resultin inorganic phase obtained will also be investigated with the aim of producing stable, high efficiency perovskite solar cells.

Eligibility

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2.1 honours degree or a master’s (or international equivalent) in a relevant science or engineering related discipline.

Comments/amends: Applicants should have or expect to achieve at least a 2.1 honours degree (or international equivalent) in Chemistry, Physics or Materials Science.

Funding

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Funding Notes

At Manchester we offer a range of scholarships, studentships and awards at university, faculty and department level, to support both UK and overseas postgraduate researchers applying for competition and self-funded projects. Please see the project description for further details.

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