Design and fabrication of energy scavenging thin film materials

For many decades crystalline silicon solar cells have dominated the solar market. But, this dominance may now be challenged with the emergence of perovskite solar cells as well as organic solar cells which are performing in excess of 15%. In this project we will look to develop the next generation of solar harvesting devices that will give high power conversion at low cost. We believe this will be either organic (OPV), Perovskite (PPV) or a hybrid organic-inorganic mixed solar cell. This type of cell will be researched and developed here. 

Start date

1 January 2023


3 years

Application deadline

Funding source

This opportunity is funded by the University of Surrey and the EU MUSICODE project.

Funding information

Full UK tuition fees covered for 3 years. Stipend at £16,062 p.a. (2022/23). Personal Computer (provided by the department).  


To conduct research into the production of organic perovskite (PPV) or hybrid (OPV) photovoltaic solar cells. You will join a team of postdoctoral and PhD students working on different aspects of synthesis, deposition and fabrication of high efficiency large area solar cells.

The aim of the project is to develop material systems that allow for large area manufacturing technologies to be developed that will enable a step change in the cost of production of large area deployable solar technologies. In particular, the applicant will be involved in the experimental development of small area, but scalable devices supported by computational modelling optimization, with an aim of knowledge transfer to large area Roll-2-Roll manufacturing technology.

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Advanced Technology Institute (ATI)

Eligibility criteria

Candidates must hold a first-class degree or equivalent or distinction at masters.

This studentship is only available to UK candidates.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted via the Advanced Technology Institute PhD programme page.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Professor Ravi Silva on to discuss their application.

Please include two references, a research proposal and your CV.

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Contact details

S. Ravi P. Silva
20 ATI 01
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 689825

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