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PhD in Chemistry - Perovskite solar cells and devices

   College of Science and Engineering

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  Dr Pablo Docampo  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Bright, highly motivated candidates are invited to apply for a fully funded 3.5 year PhD position in the School of Chemistry, available to commence on 1st October 2022 in the Docampo research group at the University of Glasgow. As this is a multidisciplinary project at the intersection between chemistry, physics and engineering, we encourage applicants from any of these three fields to apply.

Perovskite solar cells have the potential to revolutionise solar power generation. The devices are printable and low-cost, but simultaneously deliver power conversion efficiencies that match current commercial solar panels. They are almost ‘purpose-made’ for the UK and will undoubtedly help to transition to a fully net zero energy and sustainable economy.

This project will focus on improving the stability and performance of perovskite solar cells and devices. Here, understanding ion migration is essential to enable the next jump in device performance. Ions determine the hysteresis of the system, which directly impacts the reliability of the performance and stability of the device; where the focus is generally on mitigating it. However, ion migration is responsible for the switching behaviour of perovskite memristors and therefore can be beneficial to enhance it. In this context, understanding the parameters that determine this behaviour are fundamental and will thus be a core focus of this studentship. In practical terms, the successful candidate will learn how to fabricate and characterize complete perovskite solar cells and other devices and perform mechanistic studies.

The ideal candidate will hold (or expect to hold) a 1st or upper 2nd class MSc / MChem / BSc degree in Chemistry, Physics or Engineering or equivalent. The student can expect to become an expert in solar cell fabrication and characterization through hands-on experience in the design, synthesis and analysis of all the device layers, electronic measurements, solar cell device physics, crystallographic techniques as well as transient spectroscopy techniques.

Prospective candidates should contact Dr Docampo for information by email – [Email Address Removed] – with a CV and cover letter, as soon as possible.

It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equality.

As an Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder, the School of Chemistry has equality, diversity and inclusion at its heart, and actively supports applications from all sections of society.

More details of the School’s Athena SWAN activities can be found here:

How to Apply: Please refer to the following website for details on how to apply:

Funding Notes

Funding is available to cover tuition fees for UK/EU (settled status) applicants for 3.5 years, as well as paying a stipend at the Research Council rate (£15,840 in 2022/23)
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