The solar photovoltaic (PV) market is dominated by crystalline silicon; the cost of these modules has decreased significantly since the 1970’s, however in recent years the $/kW has begun to stabilise. To continue to achieve further cost reductions, module efficiency must be increased, and new manufacturing techniques need to be developed.
Metal-halide perovskites are a photovoltaic material that have seen a rapid rise in efficiency in recent years with the latest record at 25.2%, approaching the top values achieved by the market leading silicon solar cells. With their high efficiencies and suitability for low cost manufacturing methods, perovskites have shown great promise for sustainable solar and the challenge now is to transition into commercial production.
The aim of this PhD is to investigate designs and manufacturing techniques for tandem perovskite cells. Laboratory-scale tandem perovskite devices continue to exhibit high efficiencies, and it is increasingly important to address research questions relating to their design, scalability, and lifespan to ensure that they are translatable to commercial manufacturing and operation in real-world conditions.
This project will provide the candidate with a wide range of skills in PV fabrication and characterisation techniques that will strategically position them for a career in energy/materials engineering. The student will have the opportunity to attend University-run courses in relevant subject areas, as well as to interact with students and postdoctoral researchers from a wide range of scientific backgrounds.
Applicants should have a good bachelor’s degree (first or upper second-class honours degree) or a MSc degree in Physics, Engineering or a related subject.
Keywords: Solar, Photovoltaic, Energy, Materials, Manufacturing
For any enquiries please contact Dr Amanda Hughes on Amanda.email@example.com
To apply for this opportunity, please visit: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/how-to-apply/
Open to students worldwide
This is a self funded opportunity.