Design and fabrication of large area organic solar cells

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 October 2019


3 years

Application deadline

Funding source

Donation from donor

Funding information

Fees and Stipend for 3 years

University fees will be fully covered for the duration of the project and a stipend of £15,009 per annum.

Funding for this project is available to citizens of the UK and EU. It can also be extended to an overseas student of exceptional quality


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 optimisation, with an aim of knowledge transfer to large area Roll-2-Roll manufacturing technology.

Related links

Advanced Technology Institute

Eligibility criteria

All applicants should have (or expect to obtain) a first class or First-class degree or distinction in a relevant subject. 

Application is open to UK and EU or exceptional international students.

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

How to apply

This studentship is now closed and the position filled.

Application deadline

Contact details

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

Electrical and Electronic

Energy and semiconductors, solar cells, renewable technologies


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