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Scale up of electrode interlayers for fully printed perovskite solar cell

   School of Physical and Chemical Sciences

   Tuesday, January 31, 2023  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Photovoltaics (PV) are the largest renewable technology in installed capacity worldwide and their market share will grow substantially in the coming decades. Third generation PV are the most promising new PV technology that can change the electricity generation landscape worldwide. The PhD student will work on developing novel electrode layers to enable the scale up of fully-printed perovskite PV devices.

The PhD applicant will join the Dimitrov lab which is a vibrant research group with strong photophysics and materials development expertise, based at the Department of Chemistry. The project will include material and device development to demonstrate novel printed and commercially viable systems. It will also implement material/device characterisation using spectroscopy techniques including our unique in-situ optical analysis set-up. The project is in collaboration with the group of Dr Tom Macdonald a leading expert in new materials for perovskite solar cell development. The student will have the chance to travel to UK national and international conferences and collaborate with world leading groups from QMUL, Imperial College London and SPECIFIC IKC.

QMUL is a Russell group university and leading research institution internationally with world class facilities. The PhD student will become part of QMUL’s cluster of Green Energy researchers and our Doctoral College which provides training and development opportunities, advice on funding, and financial support for research. Our students have access to a Researcher Development Programme designed to help recognise and develop key skills and attributes needed to effectively manage research, and to prepare and plan for the next stages of their career.

Applications are invited from outstanding candidates with or expecting to receive a first or upper-second class master's degree in Materials, Engineering, Physics or Chemistry or an area relevant to the project. A standalone master's degree, or undergraduate integrated master's degree are required for this position. They should have experience or interest in PV materials, optoelectronic device fabrication and characterisation with optical, electronic and structural techniques. We are inclusive, supporting talented students regardless of their background.

Application Method:

To apply for this studentship and for entry on to the Chemistry programme (Full Time) please follow the instructions detailed on the following webpage:


Supervisor Contact Details:

For informal enquiries about this position, please contact Stoichko Dimitrov

Tel: 020 7882 8884



The minimum requirement for this studentship opportunity is a good Honours degree (minimum 2(i) honours or equivalent) and MSc/MRes in a relevant discipline (minimum 2(i) honours or equivalent).

You will require a valid English certificate equivalent to IELTS 6.5+ overall with a minimum score of 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in all sections (Reading, Listening, Speaking).

Funding Notes

- Available to Home and international applicants.
- The studentship arrangement will cover home tuition fees and provide an annual stipend for up to three years (Currently set for 2022/23 as £19,688).
- International students note that this studentship only covers home tuition fees and students will need to cover the difference in fees between the home and overseas
basic rate from external sources.

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