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PhD Studentship in Atomically Thin Photovoltaics

   School of Engineering

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  Dr Aleksey Kozikov  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project


The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Renewable Energy Northeast Universities (ReNU) is a collaborative doctoral training programme run by the Universities of Northumbria, Newcastle and Durham. In addition to undertaking an individual scientific research project described below at one of the three partner Universities, doctoral candidates will engage with added value training opportunities for example in business, innovation and internationalisation through a 4-year training programme that has been designed to maximise the benefits of a cohort approach to doctoral training.

CDT in ReNU invites applications from outstanding, motivated and enthusiastic students for a fully-funded PhD studentship commencing September 2022. This adventurous experimental project will develop atomically thin, unconventional photovoltaic devices made out of non-photovoltaic graphene-like materials (Nobel Prize 2010). They are ultra-thin, ultra-light and can withstand harsh space radiation making them promising in portable, flexible photovoltaics and space-based applications. By stacking atomically thin materials like Lego game blocks, we will engineer properties of new materials on demand and generate photocurrent upon laser illumination. We will integrate photovoltaic devices with photonic structures to enhance their optoelectronic characteristics. The project will involve nanofabrication, optical, electron transport measurements and instrumentation development.

Number Of Awards


Start Date

September 2022 

Award Duration

4 years.


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)


Dr Aleksey Kozikov, Dr Vincent Barrioz

Eligibility Criteria

  • Academic excellence 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
  • Academic excellence in an appropriate subject area relevant to proposed project.
  • The award is available to UK and international applicants.
  • If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)

How To Apply

Applicant should include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words and include the advert reference number.

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create a new account’. All relevant fields marked with a red asterisk must to be completed. You will need to:

  • Insert the programme code 8208F in the programme of study section
  • Select PhD Energy Materials as the programme of study
  • Insert the advert reference number renu2204 in the studentship/partnership reference field
  • Attach a covering letter and CV, quote code renu2204, and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
  • Attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.

Newcastle University values individual differences and the diversity that this brings. We want to ensure that no-one is at a disadvantage because of who they are. We encourage applications from under-represented groups, and requests for flexible study (e.g. part-time) are welcomed.

Funding Notes

The studentship covers full UK/International fees and an annual living allowance of £15,609.
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