Electronic properties of next generation perovskite solar cell materials

Next generation solar cells and energy materials will make use of perovskite-based materials; this project will explore some of the key electronic and structural properties.

Start date

1 January 2023


3.5 years

Application deadline

Funding source


Funding information

UK candidates only for 3.5 years at £4,500 pa fees with a stipend of £16,062 pa (2022/23).


There is a new class material that is already showing the potential to compete with silicon in solar cell technology. These new materials are based on the metal halide perovskite system and the aim of the PhD is to related the structural properties to the electronic properties.

This is a very exciting time to study these materials as solar cell power conversion efficiencies in excess of 25% have already been reported. In the project you will apply ab initio density functional theory calculations to determine the relationship between lattice structure, dimensionality (3D bulk or 2D layer) and composition, via choice of ions, to the electronic properties such as band structure and density of states. The project will explore how the choice of atoms and doping influences the electronic properties. 

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Advanced Technology Institute

Studentships will be funded on a competitive basis in the University of Surrey funding round that will open in Autumn 2022. Successful applications will start in 2023.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants are expected to hold a first or upper-second class degree in a relevant discipline (or equivalent overseas qualification), or a lower second plus a good master’s degree (distinction normally required), and have an interest in materials modelling, especially density functional theory calculations.

English language requirements

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

How to apply

Informal enquiries can be made to Professor David Carey (david.carey@surrey.ac.uk), Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Surrey.

Applications must be submitted via the Advanced Technology Institute PhD programme page on the "Apply" tab. Please clearly state the studentship title and supervisor on your application.


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Contact details

David Carey
09 BB 04
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 686089
E-mail: david.carey@surrey.ac.uk



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