Large area printable flexible perovskite solar cells

This project involves a range of activities for the development of fully flexible photovoltaics (PV) based on perovskite semiconductors, with devices and modules deposited by high-speed, high-volume manufacturing techniques that will exceed the state-of-the-art flexible PV power conversion efficiency. The post is funded by VPRI funding to support the EPSRC grant: High-Efficiency Flexible and Scalable Halide-Perovskite Solar Modules.

Start date
1 January 2022
Standard project duration is 4 years
Application deadline
Funding source
Funding information

Full UK tuition fees are covered for 3 years. Stipend at £15,609 p.a. (2021/22). Personal computer (provided by the Department). 


The project is targeted to develop stable perovskite materials and other device layers (window electrodes, charge transport materials, metal contacts, etc.) suitable for flexible perovskite solar modules by scalable deposition techniques. Other core tasks include the understanding of the degradation mechanism of flexible perovskite solar modules using accelerated ageing tests, and developing robust encapsulation strategies for sustainable and long-term use.

You will work in a multi-disciplinary team including personnel from the ATI and research collaborators external to the ATI so excellent oral and written skills are compulsory. The research team is a partnership between Surrey and leading experts in perovskite photovoltaics from the Universities of Oxford, Sheffield and Cambridge, and supported by industry partners. You are expected to write technical reports, proposals and paper publications and to make oral and poster presentations at conferences, technical meetings etc. You are also expected to collate and deliver periodic project reports to the project coordinator as required, and support existing activities and other PhD students working within the research group.

Eligibility criteria

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

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 to discuss their application.

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

Application deadline

Contact details

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

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